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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

Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
Friday, June 29, 2012

Despite voting to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. [1] in contempt ofCongress [2], 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 [3] and the FBI [4] agents who protect the attorney general. It’s a dramatic and unlikely possibility not least because Congress [2] 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 [5]’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 [6] rulings, and is available to any Congress [2] willing to force such a confrontation.

Full story here. [7]


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[1] Eric H. Holder Jr.: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/eric-h-holder-jr/

[2] Congress: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/congress/

[3] House police: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/house-police/

[4] FBI: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/federal-bureau-of-investigation/

[5] John A. Boehner: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/john-boehner/

[6] Supreme Court: http://www.washingtontimes.com/topics/supreme-court/

[7] Full story here.: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/28/house-could-arrest-holder-with-inherent-contempt-p/

[8] Justice Department shields Holder from prosecution after contempt vote: http://www.prisonplanet.com/justice-department-shields-holder-from-prosecution-after-contempt-vote.html

[9] 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

[10] Issa predicts ‘bipartisan’ contempt vote against Holder this week: http://www.prisonplanet.com/issa-predicts-bipartisan-contempt-vote-against-holder-this-week.html

[11] 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

[12] 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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