In July 2007, the US House Judiciary Committee voted [JURIST report] to issue contempt of Congress citations [Cornell Law backgrounder; 2 USC Sec. 192] against Bolten and Miers. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) has said that an investigation [report, PDF] has "uncovered serious evidence of wrongdoing by the department and White House staff" in connection to the firings and the administration's handling of the ensuing investigation. Contempt of Congress is a federal misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $100,000 and one-year imprisonment. It is the first time in 25 years that a full chamber of Congress has voted on a contempt of Congress citation. AP has more.
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