I Have Contempt for Contempt of Congress

By David Swanson

Congress has sent contempt citations and seen them ignored. Congress has taken the matter to court and seen it stalled for many months or years. Congressional committees have passed contempt citations that have never been sent, because what’s the point? The House Judiciary Committee has now passed yet another, this one against Rove. And why will Congress not impeach his boss? You’ll have to ask Nancy. And why will Congress never ever put Rove in jail on Capitol Hill through inherent contempt and hold him until he testifies? Well, here’s what Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren tells one of her constituents:

Dear Mr. Sandberg:

Thank you for contacting me about Karl Rove’s failure to appear before the Judiciary Committee. I appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts with me.

The Judiciary Committee is taking Karl Rove’s failure to testify very seriously, and we are currently considering all options – including contempt proceedings – to compel him to answer important questions regarding the firing of several U.S.attorneys. Some have suggested that Congress implement “inherent contempt” as if that is a viable option. The jail cell in the basement of the Capitol doesn’t exist and the Sergeant at Arms is an over 60 year old executive. Congress is not a police force, and we will likely need to continue to utilize the courts and system of justice to pursue these matters.

Again, thanks for being in touch. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I may ever be of assistance to you or your family.

Zoe Lofgren
Member of Congress

So PLEASE for godsake stop asking me to sign petitions to put Rove in jail and start demanding the immediate impeachment of Bush and Cheney.

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