I am just curious as to the consequences for being in contempt of congress.
asked Jul 1, 2012 by anonymous

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There are two contempt charges facing Eric Holder.  The criminal contempt of congress can result in jail time if he is taken to criminal court.  The problem is that the justice department, which he is the head of, makes the decision to take him to criminal court.  They have already declined to do that.  The criminal contempt charge will basically go away from my understanding.  The civil contempt charge allows congress to take the matter before a judge and request that the judge review the matter and possibly force Holder and President Obama to turn over the requested documents.  This process however has a long and drawn out process with several levels of appeal.  It will no doubt take months of not years to resolve.
answered Jul 2, 2012 by anonymous
Max: Misdemeanor w/ 1 Year Confinement & $1000USD Fine.

U.S. Code › Title 2 › Chapter 6 › § 192

2 U.S. Code § 192 - Refusal of witness to testify or produce papers


Every person who having been summoned as a witness by the authority of either House of Congress to give testimony or to produce papers upon any matter under inquiry before either House, or any joint committee established by a joint or concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress, or any committee of either House of Congress, willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 nor less than $100 and imprisonment in a common jail for not less than one month nor more than twelve months.
(R.S. § 102; June 22, 1938, ch. 594, 52 Stat. 942.)
answered Jul 11 by El Trumpo Magnifico (MAGA)
In 6 years, no has had the interest in this issue? Sad.
answered Jul 14 by jack woods
Good grief! $1000 and 12 months? Chump change for them.
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