Isn’t Congress empowered to charge or arrest those who lie to Congress?
No. They have only legislative power and the power to impeach. The Justice Department is the only agency authorized to bring criminal charges. Congress has no power to bring any criminal charges except for impeachment. Even a contempt of congress charge must be referred to the Attorney General for prosecution. In effect, if the Attorney General has committed a federal crime, the Attorney General is the only person authorized to bring charges.
In this case, unless Holder recuses himself and appoints a special counsel, he is immune from prosecution (until a new administration comes in, or he is fired by the President).
re: Isnt Congress empowered to charge or arrest those who lie to Congress?
Isn’t that the reason Martha Stewart went to prison?