a few good men…

Posted on Friday 20 July 2007

As chief law enforcement officer of the Senate, the Sergeant at Arms is charged with maintaining security in the Capitol and all Senate buildings, as well as protection of the members themselves. The Sergeant at Arms serves as the executive officer of the Senate for enforcement of all rules of the Committee on Rules and Administration regulating the Senate Wing of the Capitol and the Senate Office Buildings and has responsibility for and immediate supervision of the Senate floor, chamber and galleries. The Sergeant at Arms is authorized to arrest and detain any person violating Senate rules, including the President of the United States.

Given the trajectory of things, the Administration of President Bush and the Congress are winding up for a good old pissing contest. On President Bush’s side are the Supreme Court, the Federal Judiciary, the Justice Department including all Federal Law Enforcement, and the entirety of our Military establishment. On the side of the Congress is Terrance Gainer, recently appointed Seargent at Arms of the Senate. The way things are shaping up, Congress’s only recourse to compel Administration Officials to testify is something called Inherent Contempt – a version of Contempt of Congress that is enforcable by the Senate Sergeant at Arms.

As they say, " just give me a few good men." Reading his bio, he looks pretty good to me.

Oh Yeah. Can the President pardon someone held in Inherent Contempt? Probably not, according to Kagro X [AKA David Waldman].

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