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Rep. Steve Stockman @SteveWorks4You FollowWe just filed a resolution directing the Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest Lois Lerner for contempt. Statement coming in minutes.
There’s little doubt that the Supreme Court would uphold the Congress. It certainly did in 1821, when a miscreant named John Anderson tried to bribe Congress. He was held in contempt, and the House ordered the sergeant at arms to arrest him. When the case got to the Supreme Court, it sided with the sergeant, an officer named Thomas Dunn.Proclaimed the Court: “The power to institute a prosecution must be dependent upon the power to punish.” In the 1930s, an ex-assistant commerce secretary, William MacCracken, was seized by the Senate for withholding evidence. The arrest was sustained by the Supreme Court in 1935, in a ruling written by Justice Louis Brandeis.