Aug 10, 2007

Inherent Contempt - Congressman Waxman puhleeeeese!

Why hasn't Congressman Waxman Chair of the House Oversight Committee, used Congress’s Contempt Power which has generally been used by Congress to compel witnesses who have refused to appear before committees and answer questions. The source of contempt power, early case law, and the procedures with each type of contempt proceedings (inherent contempt, civil contempt, and criminal contempt) are analyzed.
Why hasn't any other Congressman used this to force Bush and Cheney, as well as others to answer questions about a variety of issues?
Waxman said he was unaware of the "inherent contempt" power. Can it be that the whole of Congess is unaware of this power too?

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4 comments:

Anon-Paranoid said...

And now we know their stupid too. How the Hell did we get elected representatives that don't know the Constiution?

Sure beats the Hell out of me.

God Bless.

Carol said...

Damned if I know anon :(

Blue Dog said...

I suspect, the Democratic Leadership lacks a majority on this issue. Although why that would be the case, I have no idea. President Bush's interpretation of executive privilege in these cases is breathtaking in scope and assuredly wrong.

Shinade said...

Because we as Americans are just going to have to simply face up to the fact that we have had our heads up our own a**es for way too long...as far as I am concerned they all need to go!!! Crooks....the whole lot of them....rich-greedy liers!!~Jackie