Secret to Forcing Compliance With Subpoenas

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 01 Sep 2007 11:46:40 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

David Swanson at ZNet - the Busheveks have made a habit of ignoring Congressional subpoenas. This article provides four possible ways of dealing with that, and chooses articles of impeachment. Personally, I like the inherent contempt option, but I agree that they don't have the balls for it. [root]

3. Use a little-known procedure called inherent contempt to send the Sergeant at Arms to actually arrest people and lock them up for trial on Capitol Hill. (Most Congress Members have never even heard of this. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman recently had to be told by constituents what it was and how it works. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has threatened to use it but not done so. Given the spine shortage on the Hill, this seems very unlikely to happen.)

4. Pull out the third article of impeachment passed by the House Judiciary Committee against Richard Nixon in 1974, the one charging him with refusing to comply with subpoenas, change a few words, and introduce new articles of impeachment against Rice, Cheney, and Bush.

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