Skip to comments.Boehner: No, the House isnít going to arrest Lois Lerner for being in contempt
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 its all perfectly legal.
Congress inherent contempt power hasnt been used since 1935, but it has been upheld twice by the Supreme Court, in 1821 and 1927, according to ODonnells 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 ODonnell:
The people rounded up by the sergeant-at-arms ranged from would-be bribers to an attorney generals 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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Wasn’t this the same guy who wanted to know who was going to jail?
Yup, thought so.
Stupid pos. Being nice NEVER got a Republican anywhere in the last 6 years.
Of course they won’t arrest her - it’s not against the law to persecute conservatives.
Not these days.
Boehner.... worthless toad
How does one spell ‘pu$$sy?
There are no balls in Holder’s court. The Kangaroos gobble them all up
As long as Bonehead is speaker the communists empire will rule. Lerner is free.