As I have fully detailed before, there was NO crime of Collusion and NO actionable evidence of obstruction of justice.
As I have fully detailed before, Congress is NOT an investigative agency of the federal government and retains inquiry authority only as related to that which is under it’s Constitutional authority to legislate.
In particularly, Congress can NOT hold in contempt the head of a federal agency like the Department of Justice when he has followed the laws governing the Special Counsel who is authorized to investigate, and appropriately handles the resulting report in accordance with the governing laws (28 CFR § 600 – General Powers of Special Counsel).
This becomes very important in just a minute…
The burning question remains: Can Congress hold people in contempt for refusing to answer questions?
The answer is simple: ONLY in very specific and limited circumstances can they do so.
Contempt of Congress
Definition: Congress has the authority to hold a person in contempt IF the person’s conduct or action obstructs the proceedings of Congress or, more usually, an inquiry by a committee of Congress.
Contempt of Congress is defined in statute, 2 U.S.C.A. § 192, enacted in 1938, which states that any person who is summoned before Congress who “willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry” shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and 12 month imprisonment.
But here’s the kicker: “BEFORE A CONGRESSIONAL WITNESS MAY BE CONVICTED OF CONTEMPT, IT MUST BE ESTABLISHED THAT THE MATTER UNDER INVESTIGATION IS A SUBJECT WHICH CONGRESS HAS THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO LEGISLATE.”
Generally, the same Constitutional rights against self-incrimination that apply in a judicial setting apply when one is testifying before Congress. Thus, if a person refuses to testify under the Fifth Amendment to the United State Constitution, THAT IS NOT CONTEMPT.
In fact, more than one Demoncrap testifying before Congress has exercised their right under the Fifth Amendment on multiple occasions.
Similarly, if a person refuses to testify because the questions being asked are beyond Congress’ Constitutional power to legislate, THAT IS NOT CONTEMPT.
Did you review the three links I provided in the first three paragraphs of this blog entry? If not, please do so, then come back and answer this question: Given the fact that both William Barr and Hope Hicks have been and are acting fully within the bounds of both Constitutional and lawfully-derived federal law, does Congress have ANY power to legislate a different outcome to the Mueller Report AFTER THE FACT?
The answer is NO, they DO NOT. Ergo, any and ALL attempts by Congress to litigate any matters investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller when his report to the Attorney General and Attorney General Barr both conclude and concur that no charges will be preferred is a GROSS and HEINOUS miscarriage of justice.
Under these circumstances, neither William Barr nor Hope Hicks nor anyone for that matter are under any compulsion whatsoever to cooperate with Demoncrap Congressional tactics to re-litigate a matter that’s been thoroughly and properly investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and deemed DEAD by Attorney General William Bar.
Why Demoncraps in Congress continue to BREAK THE LAW, particularly when all spotlights are directly on them is utterly beyond me.
How stupid! How foolish.
Here’s a thought: VOTE THE CRIMINALS OUT OF OFFICE so we get back to the business of running our country.