There’s not much Congress can really do to get Hillary’s emails

There’s not much Congress can really do to get Hillary’s emails

[Ed. – I think we knew that.  But it checks the block to have the experts weigh in.]

Congressional power only goes so far. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could vote to sue the former secretary of state to force her to turn over the emails or her computer server. But legal experts say that could take years, well after the 2016 presidential race is over. And the other options – throwing her in a Capitol jail cell or getting the Justice Department to prosecute her – appear unlikely.

“Their ability to get things enforced is virtually zero,” said Stanley Brand, a Washington lawyer who served as general counsel to the House. “They don’t have any attractive options.” …

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said recently that the committee can’t subpoena the server, but that most experts believe the full House could. The decision on how to proceed, he said, is up to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. …

If Clinton still doesn’t turn over the emails or the server, legal experts say the House has few options beyond suing her.

That’s what it did in two recent cases.

The Democratic-controlled House voted to hold Harriet Miers, counsel to President George W. Bush, in contempt in 2008 after she failed to appear and produce documents relating to the firings of nine federal prosecutors. The case was eventually settled…

The Republican-controlled House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012 over his failure to respond to a subpoena for documents relating to the Justice Department’s response to the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation. That case is still pending.

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