Alleged Corrupt Combinations of Members of Congress: Reports, Volumen34,Parte3


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Página 45 - No witness is privileged to refuse to testify to any fact, or to produce any paper, respecting which he shall be examined by either house of Congress, or by any committee of either house, upon the ground that his testimony to such fact or his production of such paper may tend to disgrace him or otherwise render him infamous.
Página 195 - When a committee is charged with an inquiry, if a member prove to be involved, they cannot proceed against him, but must make a special report to the house : whereupon the member is heard in his place, or at the bar, or a special authority is given to the committee to inquire concerning him.
Página 44 - 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 joint committee established by a joint or concurrent resolution of the two Houses of Congress, or any committee of either House of Congress...
Página 37 - ; and that a share of these profits may have the same effect of quickening the perceptions and warming the zeal of influential or " careless " members in favor of his bill. The use of such means and such agents will have the effect to subject the State governments to the combined capital of wealthy corporations, and produce universal corruption, commencing with the representative and ending with the elector. Speculators in legislation, public and...
Página 38 - Any person who shall, directly or indirectly, give or agree or offer to give any money or property or valuable thing or any security therefor to any person, for the service of such person or of any other person in procuring the passage or defeat of any...
Página 44 - States having jurisdiction thereof, and on conviction, shall pay a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, and not less than one hundred dollars, and suffer imprisonment in the common jail not less than one month nor more than twelve months.
Página 45 - House, the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House, as the case may be, shall certify the fact under the seal of the Senate or House to the district attorney for the District of Columbia, whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury lor their action.
Página 44 - House or any of its committees, " shall willfully make default, or who, appearing, shall refuse to answer any question pertinent to the matter of inquiry in consideration, and the facts shall be reported to the House, it shall be the duty of the Speaker of the House to certify the facts under the seal of the House to the District Attorney for the District of Columbia."— Stat.
Página 37 - Bribes, in the shape of high contingent compensation, must necessarily lead to the use of improper means and the exercise of undue influence. Their necessary consequence is the demoralization of the agent who covenants for them — he is soon brought to believe that any means which will produce so beneficial a result to himself, are 'proper means,' and that a share of these profits may have the same effect of quickening the perceptions and warming the zeal of influential or ' careless ' members in...
Página 44 - No person sworn and examined before either house of the legislature, or any committee thereof, can be held to answer criminally or be subject to any penalty or forfeiture for any fact or act touching which he is required to testify...