The Contemptibles

WaPo has a slide show of previous persons of note who have been held in contempt of Congress:  Eric Holder isn’t the first: Other high-profile officials held in contempt.

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  1. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Not exactly the Mt. Rushmore of politicos and bureaucrats.

    I actually had forgotten about that absurd high dudgeon mode escapade with Miers, Rove and Bolten. Hell, when you shitcan a handful of weak prosecutors you should get a letter of commendation, not a subpoena from Loopytown.

    In any event, I couldn’t help but notice that in every cited instance other than Holder’s the issue was about money or about personnel decisions. In other words that there might have been figurative bodies buried in those other cases, but not actual bodies buried.

  2. Boyd says:

    There’s some imprecision in their terminology there. At least some of the people listed were never actually held in Contempt of Congress by a vote of an entire chamber.

    If such things actually make a difference to you.