Treatment of Congressional Witnesses in Contempt

Archive Report

In view of the action of the special committee investigating the oil leases in citing to the Senate on March 24, 1924 the name of Harry F. Sinclair an being in contempt for refusal to testify and answer questions, after duly being summoned before the committee, the following data regarding procedure in such cases is believed to be informative:

Statutory Provisions

The Revised Statutes of the United States provide as follows:

Section 102. Every person who, having been summoned as a witness by the authority of either House of Congress to give testimony or to produce papers upon any matter under inquiry before either House, or any committee of either House of Congress, willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any questions pertinent to ...

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