The Washington Times
Friday, June 29, 2012
Despite voting to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.  in contempt ofCongress , there’s little House Republicans can do in the short term to compel him to turn over documents — unless it wanted to revisit a long-dormant power and arrest him.
The thought is shocking, and conjures up a Hollywood-ready standoff scene between House police  and the FBI  agents who protect the attorney general. It’s a dramatic and unlikely possibility not least because Congress  doesn’t even have a jail any longer. But in theory it could happen.
Republicans say it’s not even under consideration, with House SpeakerJohn A. Boehner ’s spokesman flatly ruling it out.
But the process, known as inherent contempt, is well-established by precedent, has been confirmed by multiple Supreme Court  rulings, and is available to any Congress  willing to force such a confrontation.
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