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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 17, 2019, 11:37 PM

5. Inherent contempt powers would allow the House to arrest/detain, try, and punish Barr

and considering he is AG and the more commonly (these days) contempt statute would be prosecuted through the DOJ... well, you see the problem with going the normal (these days) route.

That said, even exercising inherent contempt would not play out *exactly* in the manner the OP described. But the House *could* go through the contempt process, and the House Sergeant at Arms *would* therefore be able, legally speaking, to arrest/imprison Barr. And it is (apparently) unpardonably by the POTUS.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contempt_of_Congress#Inherent_contempt

Whilst these powers have not been used in nearly a century, they do exist, and *could* be used. The question is whether the reward of doing so is worth the risk... and we've already seen a hesitancy to lay down markers on impeaching Trump, with the same question being the issue.

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