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Boehner: No, the House isnít going to arrest Lois Lerner for being in contempt
Hot Air ^ | MAY 12, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 05/12/2014 4:46:00 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike

A leftover from yesterday via the Corner in case you missed it. I understand his reluctance: Having Congress send its own “police,” a.k.a. the sergeant-at-arms, to arrest a citizen is bad optics notwithstanding the merits of the contempt charge. It risks turning Lerner, the shadiest actor in the IRS scandal, into a media martyr “persecuted” by Republicans. Is it too much to ask, though, that Boehner relay the history of this power correctly in declining to use it? Contra what he says, the House has arrested people before, more than once. And it’s all perfectly legal.

Congress’ “inherent contempt” power hasn’t been used since 1935, but it has been upheld twice by the Supreme Court, in 1821 and 1927, according to O’Donnell’s article.

The House first pursued inherent contempt proceedings in 1795 against two men accused of offering bribes to lawmakers, and more than a dozen inherent contempt cases were tried in Congress over the course of the next six decades.

According to O’Donnell:

“The people rounded up by the sergeant-at-arms ranged from would-be bribers to an attorney general’s brother who was imprisoned in 1927 for refusing to comply with a subpoena in a Senate investigation of the lack of prosecution of allegations of antitrust violations. The offending witness is supposed to be locked up in the Capitol, but Congress also has turned them over to the city jail.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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The ball is in Eric Holder's court...
1 posted on 05/12/2014 4:46:00 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Wasn’t this the same guy who wanted to know who was going to jail?

Yup, thought so.


2 posted on 05/12/2014 4:47:49 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Stupid pos. Being nice NEVER got a Republican anywhere in the last 6 years.


3 posted on 05/12/2014 4:49:10 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Of course they won’t arrest her - it’s not against the law to persecute conservatives.

Not these days.


4 posted on 05/12/2014 4:50:16 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: freeangel

Boehner.... worthless toad


5 posted on 05/12/2014 4:50:30 PM PDT by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

How does one spell ‘pu$$sy?

Boehner.


6 posted on 05/12/2014 4:50:31 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: Hotlanta Mike

There are no balls in Holder’s court. The Kangaroos gobble them all up


7 posted on 05/12/2014 4:51:34 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

As long as Bonehead is speaker the communists empire will rule. Lerner is free.


8 posted on 05/12/2014 5:22:22 PM PDT by Logical me
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