Where Is America Heading After June 7, 2017, Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing?
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If any of us, in the court of law or in the Congressional hearing, refused to answer any questions, we would have been thrown in jail for contempt of court or contempt of Congress. But, during Trump administration, not only did Trump and Trump top officials refuse to use the usual transition offices paid by the tax payers and opted for using Trump Tower as their office space instead, the Trump officials apparently expect a different set of laws to be applied to them from rest of the citizens of the United States of America. This display of contempt for the Congress and for the law is demonstrated during June 7, 2017, during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing by NSA Director Michael Rogers and Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, when they refused to answer questions about Donald Trump trying to stop the Mike Flynn investigation, even though they had no legal justification for refusing to answer. The frustration and appalling surprise were apparently expressed by the Senate Intelligence Committee members. The whole situation resembles a scene out of a mafia film where/when the thugs are responding to the judge, “Ya, I know I am breaking the law. So what are you going to do about it?!”
My question here is:
- Are we really going to start having two separate set of laws, one for normal American citizens and one for political officials?
- Are these political officials so afraid of losing their jobs that they would be willing to sell out their own country just so that they can keep their jobs?
- If there is no legal protection of jobs for political officials who would speak the truth, then there aught to be rule or law that would enable such legal protections.
Out of curiosity, I’ve looked up the wikipedia page to better understand the procedure and background of Contempt of Congress, below, in italics:
Contempt of Congress is the act of obstructing the work of the United States Congress or one of its committees. Historically, the bribery of a senator or representative was considered contempt of Congress. In modern times, contempt of Congress has generally applied to the refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by a Congressional committee or subcommittee—usually seeking to compel either testimony or the production of requested documents.
Following the refusal of a witness to produce documents or to testify, the Committee is entitled to report a resolution of contempt to its parent chamber. A Committee may also cite a person for contempt but not immediately report the resolution to the floor. In the case of subcommittees, they report the resolution of contempt to the full Committee, which then has the option of rejecting it, accepting it but not reporting it to the floor, or accepting it and reporting it to the floor of the chamber for action. On the floor of the House or the Senate, the reported resolution is considered privileged and, if the resolution of contempt is passed, the chamber has several options to enforce its mandate.
I highly recommend your visit of this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contempt_of_Congress
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