Skip to comments.Chaffetz subpoenas ATF agents who skipped hearing on death of ICE officer
Posted on 03/09/2017 8:25:16 PM PST by Rusty0604
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued subpoenas Thursday to two ATF agents after they failed to show at a hearing examining the 2011 murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata. I'm tired of hearing from just [Justice Department] management, I want to hear from the people that actually are on the front lines doing this, Chaffetz, R-Utah, said.
Chaffetz complained ATF continues to insist the committee should not speak with Turk and Temple. The one other witness, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, did not escape unscathed when he contended he was not prepared for the hearing. Thats a bunch of crap, Chaffetz snapped, noting he received a draft of the report in December.
Another invited witness, John Craft, a prosecutor in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, did not appear. But the chairman said due to the lateness of their invitation, he would not receive a subpoena.
Questions about the firearms used to kill Zapata surfaced during the separate congressional probe of Operation Fast and Furious and the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Last week, Chaffetz and Grassley sent a letter demanding Justice explain the reason the investigation has dragged on. "It has been nearly five years since the probe was requested. Given the high level of congressional interest in this matter and the seriousness of the allegations, we are perplexed that your investigative work took so long, they wrote.
Judiciary Committee Press Secretary Taylor Foy told Fox News that the panel is interested in part in whether government employees involved in the debacle were held accountable.
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Yes he can. The question is, will he?
He is probably wishing about now he hadn’t been so brazen a week or so ago.
What about Fast and Furious? Will those involved be prosecuted?
Why is Lon Horiuchi a free man? Is an alphabet badge a license to MURDER?
That’s what this is about. People from Justice and ATF didn’t bother showing up to testify during the Obama era.
I agree. Ruby Ridge, Waco,...
If they are relentless enough, they’ll be able to find a huge amount of ‘RAT criminality within the Obama era ATF & DOJ.
Does he want the Hatch seat?
We have seen Federal employees openly defy Congress. So will Sessions start dropping the hammer?
If the present Administration is serious about draining the swamp, bring back Lois Lerner too.
I would love to see Lois Lerner brought back. Right now, she’s drawing a big pension for her “service”.
ATF Swamp is going to have to be drained.
I don't think Chaffetz or the rest of the Republican cucks will do ANYTHING to fight back against the Left.
The fact that they didn't have preparations in place the moment Trump won the election to have people that lied/ignored Congress says a lot.
The Republicans in Congress knew since November that they would have a friendly Justice Department, and no preparations have been made.
Too many modern law enforcers are so _special_.
Just another episode of a long running Dog and Pony show. Keep your eye on the ball, don’t look over there,...
This is ALL A SHAM, if Chaffetz was Serious he would be Publicly Demanding Speaker Ryan issue ARREST WARRANTS and Sentences of Confinement in the HOUSE JAIL for Everyone Involved for Contempt of Congress.
TITLE 2—THE CONGRESS
CHAPTER 6—CONGRESSIONAL AND COMMITTEE PROCEDURE; INVESTIGATIONS
Sec. 193. Privilege of witnesses
No witness is privileged to refuse to testify to any fact, or to produce any paper, respecting which he shall be examined by either House of Congress, or by any joint committee established by a joint or concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress, or by any committee of either House, upon the ground that his testimony to such fact or his production of such paper may tend to disgrace him or otherwise render him infamous.”
Simply look up Hinds Precedents, especially chapters 53 and 51, and Cannon’s Precedents, especially chapters 184-185. You’ll find numerous detailed cases of Congress asserting its power, arresting people, holding them until they agreed to answer questions, and then releasing them. Some of these people did not refuse to appear, but simply failed to satisfactorily answer questions. One has to wonder how a previous Congress might have responded to Alberto Gonzales’s endless recitations of “I do not recall.”
Congress can Remove the President
Congress can remove the head of every executive agency Congress can remove ALL of their employees
Congress can Abolish every agency they so choose
Congress can remove EVERY JUDGE IN AMERICA, including every supreme court justice.
Congress can abolish every federal court except the supreme Court
Congress can decide which cases the Judicial Branch can hear and decide
CONGRESS can Imprison ANYONE they want for any reason they so desire for as long as they wish.
Congress can declare WAR
No other governing body has even 10% of the power CONGRESS has!!
CONGRESS IS ALLOWING ALL OF IT!!!
Congress has the authority to arrest and imprison those found in Contempt. The power extends throughout the United States and is an inherent power (does not depend upon legislated act)
If found in Contempt the person can be arrested under a warrant of the Speaker of the House of Representatives or President of the Senate, by the respective Sergeant at Arms.
Statutory criminal contempt is an alternative to inherent contempt.
Under the inherent contempt power Congress may imprison a person for a specific period of time or an indefinite period of time, except a person imprisoned by the House of Representatives may not be imprisoned beyond adjournment of a session of Congress.
Imprisonment may be coercive or punitive.
 Joseph Storys Commentaries on the Constitution, Volume 2, § 842 http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/print_documents/a1_5s21.html
 Anderson v. Dunn - 19 U.S. 204 - And, as to the distance to which the process might reach, it is very clear that there exists no reason for confining its operation to the limits of the District of Columbia; after passing those limits, we know no bounds that can be prescribed to its range but those of the United States. http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/19/204/case.html
 Jurney v. MacCracken, 294 U.S. 125 http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/294/125/case.html 73rd Cong., 78 Cong. Rec. 2410 (1934) https://archive.org/details/congressionalrec78aunit
 McGrain v. Daugherty, 273 U.S. 135 - Under a warrant issued by the President of the Senate the Deputy to the Senate Sergeant at Arms arrested at Cincinnati, Ohio, Mally S. Daugherty, who had been twice subpoenaed by the Senate and twice failed to appear. http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/273/135/case.html
 Rules of the House of Representatives, Rule IV Duties of the Sergeant at Arms -  execute the commands of the House, and all processes issued by authority thereof, directed to him by the Speaker. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/HMAN-105/pdf/HMAN-105-pg348.pdf
 An analysis of Congressional inquiry, subpoena, and enforcement http://www.constitutionproject.org/documents/when-congress-comes-calling-a-primer-on-the-principles-practices-and-pragmatics-of-legislative-inquiry/
In 1857, a New York Times reporter refused to say which members of Congress had asked him to get them bribes (protecting his “sources” just as various Judith Millers today protect the people who feed them proven lies that costs thousands of lives), so Congress locked him up until he answered and then banned him from Congress.
In 1924 an oil executive appeared but refused to answer certain questions, so the Senate held — literally held — him in contempt. Senator Thomas Walsh of Montana argued that this question of contempt was of the gravest importance, and that it involved “the very life of the effective existence of the House of Representatives of the United States and of the Senate of the United States.” The matter was taken to court, and the witness fined and imprisoned.
Chaffetz resigned from Congress in June. I think he’s currently seen on Fox News trashing Trump.