contempt of Congress

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deliberate obstruction of the operation of the federal legislative branch

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According to report, Holder is the first sitting attorney general of the United States to be held in contempt of Congress.
Following his refusal to appear on Thursday they ruled that the former advisor was breaking the law by refusing to cooperate - a possible first step toward holding him in contempt of congress.
Democrats voted yesterday, for the first time in decades, to hold two White House officials in contempt of Congress.
Bruce Braley, D-IA, said the committee should consider whether to hold SBA Administrator Steven Preston in contempt of Congress.
Specific topics include Mae West and the frontiers of sexuality and race relations, the impact of women progressive reformers on popular cinema, theater licensing and the origins of movie censorship in New York, representations of global ethnicity, the politics of the Hollywood Ten (writers and directors jailed for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities), and the Supreme Court and the decline of censorship in the 1950s and 60s.
The ruling came after US Senate and House committees in the Republican-controlled Congress issued subpoenas for Schiavo, her husband and her carers to appear at hearings on March 25 and March 28, which would in effect keep her alive for the time being David Gibbs, the lawyer for her parents, said: 'It is a contempt of Congress to prevent or discourage someone from following the subpoena that's been issued.
If he thumbs his nose at us, then we'll consider our options, including contempt of Congress.
THE SMALL WATCHDOG GROUP that saved taxpayers millions of dollars by exposing oil industry underpayments is being rewarded with a rare Contempt of Congress resolution by oil state lawmakers.
And the House Commerce Committee, which oversees the Health and Environment Health Subcommittee, voted 34-0 to hold Jones in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to subpoena or to 2 previous letters from Commerce Committee Chairman Tom Bliley Jr (R-VA) asking questions about Jones' fetal tissue work.
Dmytryk was a member of the Hollywood Ten, a group of writers, producers and directors whose refusal to cooperate with the committee led to their being imprisoned for contempt of Congress.
If the committee wants something and you don't give it up or answer the committee's questions, you can be held in contempt of Congress.
Thus, despite many threats (which often led to negotiated settlements), since the criminal contempt of Congress provisions(18) were enacted in 1857, only once has a full body of Congress voted a criminal contempt citation against the head of an executive department or agency.
WASHINGTON -- Today, the United States House of Representatives did something that had never been done in the entire 150-year history of the contempt of Congress statute: it voted to hold in contempt two top White House officials who had been directed by the President not to comply with House Judiciary Committee subpoenas on the basis of the President's assertion of Executive Privilege.
The Republican-controlled House voted two years ago to make Holder the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress -- for refusing to turn over documents in the gun-running operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
EVENTS 1958: Washington's Court of Appeals quashes playwright Arthur Miller's conviction for contempt of Congress.