What Happens if Michael Flynn is Held in Contempt of Congress?

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Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn answers questions in the briefing room of the White House February 1, 2017 in Washington D.C.(Getty)

Senate Intelligence Committee chair Richard Burr said today that Michael Flynn is refusing to comply with a Congressional subpoena, although Burr has since walked back his comments, saying that Michael Flynn’s lawyers have actually not made their intentions clear, according to NBC News.

If he really is refusing to honor a Congressional committee’s subpoena, though, Michael Flynn could be found in contempt of Congress. So what is the process of finding a person in contempt of Congress, and what will happen to Michael Flynn if this occurs?

Although this has not been used in recent years, according to a 2017 Congressional report, Congress does have the authority to “detain and imprison a contemnor until the individual complies with congressional demands.” They can . also seek a civil judgement from a federal court declaring that Flynn is legally required to comply with the subpoena.

But what usually happens is that the Senate subcommittee writes up a Contempt of Congress resolution. A majority vote among the committee is required in order to move forward. From there, the contempt charge would be debated in the full Senate and would receive a vote. Things are then passed over to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, who would be the one to pursue a case. The current U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia is Channing D. Phillips.

According to 2 U.S. Code § 192, being found in contempt of Congress is to result in “a fine of not more than $1,000 nor less than $100 and imprisonment in a common jail for not less than one month nor more than twelve months.”

However, in reality, the Department of Justice may or may not pursue charges. Recently, in 2012, Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress, with this resolution passing both a committee and the full chamber. However, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice cited executive privilege and did not pursue a case against Holder.

Similarly, in 1982, EPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch was held in contempt of Congress, but the Reagan administration did not prosecute a case against her.

In May 2014, Lois Lerner was found to be in contempt of Congress when she would not testify before a committee. A contempt of Congress resolution passed in the House of Representatives, but the United States attorney for the District of Columbia subsequently said that no charges against Lerner would be pursued.

In 2016, Bryan Pagliano, the Hillary Clinton aide who helped set up her private email server, refused to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee found him in contempt of Congress in a vote, but this did not end up being voted on by the full House. In February 2017, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz urged the Department of Justice to pursue charges against Pagliano, but no such charges have come.

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JOHN MAYOR

THE FBI’S INTELLIGENCE GATHERING
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At the turn of the 80s I had communicated with a Dr. Donald York of the University of Missouri Medical Centre, who had developed a technique called, Backward Time Averaging! At the time, Dr. York was anxious to uncover the brain’s electromagnetic impulse centers associated with speech! In his attempt to isolate these centers, he stumbled upon a unique discovery!… and that being, when a subject under EEG electrodes THOUGHT of a given word, the same type of amplitudinal readout occurred, as that evidenced when a subject actually spoke! And so… he soon fashioned a “voice box”, wherewith, a subject’s THOUGHTS could be HEARD, by transducing the noemic electromagnetic amplitudinal readout (usually depicted in a paper graph, or with an oscilloscope!), to an audio device!
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I quickly realized, that if Dr. York was to convert his lab to an MEG LAB (i.e., a Magenetoencephalography Lab!), he could employ Superconducting Quantum Interference Device/ S.Q.U.I.D. technoma; and thereby, NONINVASIVELY do the very same conversion, but without the need to “hook the subject up” to EEG electrodes (i.e., as S.Q.U.I.D. technoma does not touch the subject under study!)!… and so, I called him up, in order to convince him to make the change! Unfortunately, however… for Dr. York, the expense and time to convert his lab, was deemed beyond both his, and his backer’s capabilities! I then thanked him for his time!… and began to pursue other avenues of approach!
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Shortly thereafter, I learned of a very disturbing truth!… that the FBI and CIA, were not only aware of Dr. York’s work, but, that these were ALSO anxious to explore the implications of Dr. York’s technique, for INVESTIGATIVE PURPOSES! This led me to conclude, that the very notion I had broached to Dr. York, was already being pursued by Intelligence Agencies! And to make a longer story shorter!… S.Q.U.I.D. based Backward time Averaging, and THOUGHT TO SPEECH CONVERSION, is– today!– A R-E-A-L-I-T-Y! And!… as it is nearly impossible for a subject being “scanned” by such technoma to keep from “SPEAKING ONE’S MIND”, the deployment of such technoma for the likes of Michael Flynn, I-S D-O-A-B-L-E! My concern… however!… is the utilization of such technoma within everyday ICT devices (e.g., a laptop!), and the instantaneous transmission of one’s THOUGHTS while thinking at one’s laptop, to– potentialLY!– a criminal, half way around the world!
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Please!… no emails!

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