Re: Gonzo, Arlen Specter tells reporters that "there is a jail in the Capitol complex"
Specter later circled back to Gonzales on the matter, warning him: "My suggestion to you is you review your testimony to find out if your credibility has been breached to the point of being actionable," Specter said. The maximum penalty for being caught lying to Congress is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 per count. Specter wryly noted to reporters during a break that there is a jail in the Capitol complex.And speaking of getting dragged off to jail, after watching the House Judiciary Committee this morning on CSPAN 3 (Consideration of Contempt Citations Judiciary) citing White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former Counsel Harriet Miers for contempt of Congress, and with the knowledge that King Chimp will decree that none of his royal court can be held in contempt, I'm more convinced than ever that the inherent contempt option could be the logical next step.
It was unclear whether the White House would allow a prosecution of criminal contempt to move forward, since the refusal to comply is based upon Bush's claim of executive privilege.Inherent contempt:
Under this process, the procedure for holding a person in contempt involves only the chamber concerned. Following a contempt citation, the person cited for contempt is arrested by the Sergeant-at-Arms for the House or Senate, brought to the floor of the chamber, held to answer charges by the presiding officer, and then subject to punishment that the House may dictate (usually imprisonment for punishment reasons, imprisonment for coercive effect, or release from the contempt citation.)I'm certainly no expert, but I've heard inherent contempt discussed, even suggested, by John Dean, Bruce Fein, and others who understand it better than anyone. When it comes down to it, what's left? The utter disregard of Congress by the Monarchical Branch requires action.
Any lawyers out there?
Who thinks we'll see the Sergeant-at-Arms slap Harriet, the official president of the King George Fan Club (I hear she'll send out an 8x10 glossy of him for a price, assuming she's willing to part with one) with a spiffy new set of bracelets?