More recently a witness before a Senate committee was convicted and sentenced to incarceration for giving false statements to the panel and thereby obstructing an inquiry even though he was not under subpoena or sworn. There are serious consequences to committing these offenses even in response to informal requests from the office and are hardly “dodges” as McGehee asserts.
Even without subpoena power, the Office of Congressional Ethics proposed by Capuano’s task force represents a substantial step forward in breaking the investigative deadlock experienced over the past decade and will ensure disposition of meritorious allegations even without resort to subpoenas.
Stanley Brand is a former House general counsel and has represented dozens of witnesses and Members before the House and Senate ethics committees.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.