Contempt of Congress

Following a contempt citation, the presiding officer of the chamber is instructed to refer the matter to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; according to the law it is the duty of the U.S. Attorney to refer the matter to a grand jury for action.

The criminal offense of contempt of Congress sets the penalty at not less than one month nor more than twelve months in jail and a fine of not more than $100,000 or less than $100


50 thoughts on “Contempt of Congress”

  1. question is is there anyone who exists that doesn’t have contempt for steve abandon except for steve himself — and even that is up for debate.

    Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt (

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection voted unanimously to hold former White House aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress after the longtime ally of former President Donald Trump defied a subpoena for documents and testimony.
    The committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Tuesday that Bannon “stands alone in his complete defiance of our subpoena” and the panel will not take no for an answer.
    He said that while Bannon may be “willing to be a martyr to the disgraceful cause of whitewashing what happened on January 6th — of demonstrating his complete loyalty to the former president,” the contempt vote is a warning to other witnesses.
    “We won’t be deterred. We won’t be distracted. And we won’t be delayed,” Thompson said.
    Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney — one of just two Republicans on the committee, and a rare GOP critic of Trump — said Bannon and Trump’s privilege arguments suggest the former president was “personally involved” in the planning and execution of the day’s events.
    “We will get to the bottom of that,” Cheney said.
    The committee says it is pursuing Bannon’s testimony because of his reported communications with Trump ahead of the siege, his efforts to get the former president to focus on the congressional certification of the vote Jan. 6 and his comments on Jan. 5 that “all hell is going to break loose” the next day.
    Bannon “appears to have had multiple roles relevant to this investigation, including his role in constructing and participating in the ‘stop the steal’ public relations effort that motivated the attack” and “his efforts to plan political and other activity in advance of January 6th,” the committee wrote in the resolution recommending contempt.

  2. Stephen welcomes Congressman Adam Schiff back to the show and gets right down to business, asking the head of the House Intelligence Committee what Congress plans to do about Steve Bannon’s refusal to testify.

  3. speaking of other swine amongst us

    Pig-to-human transplants come a step closer with new test – The Washington Post

    Scientists temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants.
    Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but among the hurdles: A sugar in pig cells, foreign to the human body, causes immediate organ rejection. The kidney for this experiment came from a gene-edited animal, engineered to eliminate that sugar and avoid an immune system attack.
    This research is “a significant step,” said Dr. Andrew Adams of the University of Minnesota Medical School, who was not part of the work. It will reassure patients, researchers and regulators “that we’re moving in the right direction.”
    The dream of animal-to-human transplants — or xenotransplantation — goes back to the 17th century with stumbling attempts to use animal blood for transfusions. By the 20th century, surgeons were attempting transplants of organs from baboons into humans, notably Baby Fae, a dying infant, who lived 21 days with a baboon heart.
    With no lasting success and much public uproar, scientists turned from primates to pigs, tinkering with their genes to bridge the species gap.
    Pigs have advantages over monkeys and apes. They are produced for food, so using them for organs raises fewer ethical concerns. Pigs have large litters, short gestation periods and organs comparable to humans.
    Pig heart valves also have been used successfully for decades in humans. The blood thinner heparin is derived from pig intestines. Pig skin grafts are used on burns and Chinese surgeons have used pig corneas to restore sight.

  4. There was an interesting story on BBC radio last night about researchers who made a false profile on a variety of services that presented the pretend user as a right-leaning white male, but they did not have the profile engage with anyone on the different services.  Well, wouldn’t ya know it, only FACEBOOK (and instagram which is owned by FB) pushed increasingly hateful right-wing shit to the profile’s news feed over time.
    Think about that next time you log in to that service

  5. I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace; that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress! And by God, I have had it with this Congress!

    John Adams – 1776


  6. back in 2013  Contempt for Congress is nothing new – The Washington Post:

    As many Americans watch in disbelief as their elected leaders decide whether to pass legislation to blunt the impact of the fiscal cliff, Buzzfeed reporter McKay Coppins reminds us via Twitter that some of the nation’s forefathers and literary giants viewed the U.S. Congress with utter disdain.
    Here are some contemptuous quotes about Congress from famous Americans throughout history:
    “I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin…” — John Adams.
    “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” — Mark Twain
    “I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.” — Ronald Reagan
    “It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.” — Mark Twain
    “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.” — Will Rogers
    “There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress than I had any conception of, before I became President”—James Polk

  7. Bink – screwing around searches on Google (and its show YouTube), FB and other things, occasionally brings up the right wing hate piles of cow pies.  That gives me a chance to block those, but on FB blocking will bring more of them.  So, I can block more.  Right now I am getting Japanese sites along with Spanish (not Mexican).
    For fun I have been watching YouTube videos shot at Miami area boat launches.  Wow.  Besides a lot of skin shown by women, the lack of boating skills by men is astounding.  Nice boats beat up, run over and drowned.  A few vehicles drowned too.  Chit Show Alferd Montaner and Miami Boat Ramp are a couple.  You can tell first timers who bought a boat and did not get any instructions on how to use it, including how to turn it on.  Amazing how people cannot back up a trailer.  One spent an hour and finally gave up and left.  The biggest star is a fourteen foot American Crocodile that lives at one of the boat ramps.  Wow, I have not seen a crocodile like this before.  Alligators by the dozens, but a real croc.  Cool.

  8. Well, if you wonder why Uncle Jerry and Aunt Delores are casually spouting off right-wing conspiracy theories around the dinner table this Thanksgiving, it’s because Zuckerberg spoon-fed it to them

  9. Uncle Jerry and Aunt Delores are good people, they were just manipulated by a sophisticated hive-mind birthed by an amoral genius

  10. Sturg, for you. From WaPo. Stolen guitar finding its way home to Randy Bachman after 45 years on the lam. Talk about beating the odds. Article’s too long and jumbled to excerpt, so just read it if you’ve got access. 

  11. Jerry and Dolores might also
    just be willfully ignorant.  If they think it smells like apple pie and not road apples, maybe they want it to smell like apple pie.

  12. the first 5 minutes are vice chair cheney’s statement.  liz did good and worthy of many media re plays

    The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol formally approved holding Steve Bannon, one of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies, in contempt of Congress, setting up a key House vote later this week.

  13. might alsojust be willfully ignorant.

    Eh, nobody’s perfect, except internet liberals, right?

  14. Full mid-day.  I am now boosted and dosed for this season’s flu.  Tomorrow should be wonderful. 
    VA requires masks in the buildings, very nice policy.  I stopped at Costco and almost everybody wore a mask, happiness.  It is very surprising how many people wear masks in Maryland.

  15. Bink

    Internet liberals can be just as infuriating at times, but at least they don’t try to prevent people from voting.  

  16. Back home in Arizona, Steve Bannon, the former Trump campaign strategist who has used his “War Room” podcast to amplify Trump’s claims that the election was stolen, will be among the featured speakers at the Pima County GOP’s sold-out Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, officials said.
    A Lincoln Day Dinner on Oct. 23 rd ? 

  17. CNN asks West Virginia residents about climate change. See their responses

    West Virginia continues to grapple with the effects of the climate crisis after the town of Clendenin was nearly wiped off the map in 2016 in what was dubbed the “thousand year flood.” CNN’s Rene Marsh reports as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) continues to fight legislation aimed at combating severe


  18. ‘We don’t have water’: South American dam faces energy crunch as river ebbs

    HERNANDARIAS, Paraguay, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The giant Itaipu hydroelectric power plant, wedged between Paraguay and Brazil on the Parana River, is facing an energy crunch amid record low river and rainfall levels that experts say could last into next year.
    The Itaipu dam, which supplies around 10% of the energy consumed in Brazil and 86% of that used in landlocked Paraguay, has recorded its lowest output since the hydroelectric plant began operating at full capacity in 2005.
    Downstream, the Argentine-Paraguayan Yacyreta plant produced half the normal level of energy in September, an example of how severe droughts are complicating the shift away from fossil fuels by drying up rivers and reservoirs.

  19. Very large chunks  of fecal matter are entering the rotating device / Put on your googles , and buckle yer chin straps.

    ”  The drought, one of the worst in the last century, has led Brazil’s government to ask its citizens to reduce their consumption of electricity and water and raised the specter of possible power rationing. “

  20. The news is like watching the last wounded Rhino  charging through the bush bleeding on the leaves. 
    All the while a pack of billionaires follow in pursuit with their smarty phones & drones. 
    Our limits to “growth” are plowing into the faces of empty lakes,  and bare concrete dams.
    This is really gonna be a hard lesson , now that we spent the 20th century turning human beings into “consumers”. 
    And the real bitch is none us ever got our Jetson’s  “jet pack”. 

  21. I saw Muddy Waters from the light show at the Vulcan Gas Company in Austin in 69′ . 
    The entire band was in a purple Pontiac station wagon towing a tiny U-Haul trailer painted the same color.   

  22. the hill:

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday dismissed a report that he is actively thinking about dropping out of the Democratic Party as “bullshit” and “rumors.”

    “It’s bullshit,” Manchin, a centrist, said bluntly after he was asked about a report published in Mother Jones that he has told “associates” he is actively thinking about leaving the Democratic Party. 

    “I have no control of rumors, guys. No control of rumors,” Manchin insisted after walking out of a lunch meeting with fellow Democratic committee chairmen just off the Senate floor.

    Mother Jones had reported that Manchin would leave the Democratic Party if President Biden and his colleagues stick with a plan to pass a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The news outlet also reported that Manchin told associates he is considering a two-step plan for exiting the party.

    In step one, according to the report, he would send a letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) informing him of his plan to drop off Schumer’s leadership team.

    After waiting for a week, in step two, he reportedly would change his voter registration from Democrat to independent, which would still allow him to vote in the Democratic Party primary under West Virginia election law. 


    Manchin appeared close to losing his temper on Wednesday when asked again about the Mother Jones report as he walked back to his office in the Hart Senate Office Building.

    “I can’t control rumors, and it’s bullshit, bullshit spelled with b, u, l, l, capital b!” he declared, his voice rising with exasperation.

    Manchin told Fox News in July that he “never considered” switching his party affiliation and that he was more focused on the substance of policy debates and how they would affect his home state.

    “If switching a party or whether you have a ‘D’ by your name or an ‘R’ by your name changes who you are as a person, then you’re in the wrong profession and it’s all about you and not about the oath you take to the office, the oath to the Constitution, to protect and defend,” he told the cable network at the time.



    “I’ve heard from a number of my colleagues in the last several days who say they, quote, ‘Just don’t want this target on their back.’ They’re just trying to keep their heads down, they don’t want to anger Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader, who has been especially active in attempting to block the investigation of events of Jan. 6, despite the fact that he clearly called for such a commission,” said Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump for his conduct on Jan. 6.

    “A week after, I asked each one of you to step back from the brink. I urge you to do what you know is right, to think of the long arc of history. We are told that it bends towards justice. But it does so only because of the actions of men and women in positions of public trust. … Will you be able to say you did everything possible to ensure Americans got the truth about those events, or did you look away? Did you make partisan excuses and accept the unacceptable?”

  24. Dems are about to overplay their hand if Bannon isn’t in custody or testifying within a week.  If they think Americans want to listen to rehashes of Jan. 6 throughout the holiday season and beyond, goodbye House control in 2022


    “…Moscow’s mayor ordered all unvaccinated residents over 60, as well as unvaccinated people “suffering from chronic diseases,” to remain home for four months until late February as the city grapples with a growing crisis.“

    “The national government has also proposed introducing a non-working week at the start of November, but senior figures have started openly admitting that the situation is dire as Russians head towards a bleak winter.
    Russia has recorded its highest numbers of daily cases and deaths multiple times in recent days…”

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