contempt of Congress

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Noun1.contempt of Congress - deliberate obstruction of the operation of the federal legislative branch
contempt - a willful disobedience to or disrespect for the authority of a court or legislative body
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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1958: Washington's Court of Appeals quashes playwright Arthur Miller's conviction for contempt of Congress after a two-year legal battle.
After four years of public outrage, media inquiries, and congressional investigations, culminating in a still-unanswered Contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder, we still don't know what really happened or who was involved.
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents dozens of organizations in a federal lawsuit challenging the IRS, said today a decision by the Justice Department not to prosecute former top IRS official Lois Lerner for contempt of Congress is "troubling but not surprising" and underscores the fact that the DOJ is "making a mockery of our criminal justice system.
Holder of how the tea party House faction in 2012 had led the charge in holding the attorney general in contempt of Congress.
He survived becoming the first Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress, he survived a decision not to prosecute Wall Street bankers who caused a near-Depression, he survived secretly obtaining journalists' phone records while investigating leaks.
The coverup continues even after Holder was held in contempt of Congress.
In 1955 Seeger appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee where he refused to answer questions he said violated his constitutional rights, and in 1961 he was convicted on ten counts of contempt of Congress.
Texas Republicans draw up articles of impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder (Houston Chronicle): "Several Texas Republicans are jumping on a contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder next year, but this time they're calling for his outright impeachment, alleging his failure to investigate a gun-trafficking scheme into Mexico.
Holder Is Held in Contempt of Congress," Washington Post, June 29.
After Holder refused to turn over internal administration communications, asking President Obama to invoke executive privilege in order to resist a subpoena, the House of Representatives voted to cite Holder for contempt -- the first time a serving attorney general has been held in contempt of Congress.
Washington, June 29 ( ANI ): United States Attorney General Eric Holder, held in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over set of files on a failed gun-running investigation, said that the move was 'misguided' and lawmakers had been circulating 'truly absurd' conspiracy theories.
The others took the Fifth Amendment and were later jailed for contempt of Congress.