Jail Time for Karl Rove?

The previous post mentioned Congress exercising oversight over the Executive Branch. One such example came today with the reports that Congress was calling for contempt charges against Karl Rove for refusing to testify about political meddling in the Justice Department. My first thought upon hearing the news was to wonder if such an act had any teeth. From this account in The New York Times, it sounds like in theory it has teeth, but it is unlikely to matter:

Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in prison. In practice, however, disputes between Congress and the White House in which the specter of contempt charges has been raised have usually been settled well short of the jailhouse door.

As a practical matter, it is highly unlikely that the United States attorney’s office in Washington will seek to prosecute former White House officials on the contempt charges.

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    PolticalWorld says:

    Notice how they all get jobs at Fox News, I guess Scooter will be the next one on Fox News

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