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House could arrest Holder with inherent contempt power
Posted By yihan On June 29, 2012 @ 12:36 pm In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled
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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 Eric H. Holder Jr.: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/eric-h-holder-jr/
 Congress: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/congress/
 House police: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/house-police/
 FBI: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/federal-bureau-of-investigation/
 John A. Boehner: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/john-boehner/
 Supreme Court: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/supreme-court/
 Full story here.: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/28/house-could-arrest-holder-with-inherent-contempt-p/
 Justice Department shields Holder from prosecution after contempt vote: http://www.prisonplanet.com/justice-department-shields-holder-from-prosecution-after-contempt-vote.html
 Issa, Boehner at odds over holding Holder in contempt of Congress: http://www.prisonplanet.com/issa-boehner-at-odds-over-holding-holder-in-contempt-of-congress.html
 Issa predicts ‘bipartisan’ contempt vote against Holder this week: http://www.prisonplanet.com/issa-predicts-bipartisan-contempt-vote-against-holder-this-week.html
 Another: Dem Rep McIntyre Will ‘Probably Vote For’ Contempt On Holder: http://www.prisonplanet.com/another-dem-rep-mcintyre-will-probably-vote-for-contempt-on-holder.html
 Darrell Issa schedules contempt vote on Eric Holder: http://www.prisonplanet.com/darrell-issa-schedules-contempt-vote-on-eric-holder.html
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