July 24, 2008
Special Criminal Contempt of Congress Act, H.R. 6508, Tossed Into the Bill Hopper
Remember when the House voted in February to hold White House counsel Harriet Mier and White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton in Comtempt of Congress for failing to testify last July before the House Judiciary Committee about the U.S. Attorney firings, and Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused to take the next step of referring the contempt citations to a grand jury for investigation? Recently Representative Brad Miller (D-NC) introduced the Special Criminal Contempt of Congress Procedures Act, H.R. 6508 to provide an alternate procedure for the prosecution of certain criminal contempts referred for prosecution by the House of Representatives. The bill would allows the U.S. Court of Appeals to appoint an independent “Special Advocate” to prosecute the contempt charges when the Attorney General refuses to do so.
Hat tip to Donny Shaw, Congress Gossip Blog. [JH]
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