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Alleged Corrupt Combinations of Members of Congress: Reports


Alleged Corrupt Combinations of Members of Congress: Reports

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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1857 Original Publisher: s.n. Subjects: Bribery Law / Criminal Law / General Political Science / Government / Legislative Branch Political Science / Government / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: GENERAL REPORT. February 19, 1857. Mr. Kelsey, from the Select Committee, made the following REPORT. The Select Committee appointed, in pursuance of a resolution of the House of the 9th of January last, to investigate certain charges referred to in the preamble of the said resolution, and report the evidence taken, and what action in their judgment is necessary on the part of the House, beg leave respectfully to submit the following general report: That the committee has executed the order of the House as contained in said resolution, so far as time would permit, and that the testimony taken by the committee is herewith reported to the House. Considerable delay has been caused by circumstances- over which the committee had no control. Witnesses, who were sent for at the request of one of the members implicated, could not be produced before the committee until Wednesday the 18th instant, in consequence of the interruption of travel caused by the freshets at the north. In conducting the proceedings the committee adopted the rule that where testimony was taken tending to implicate any member of the House, a copy of such testimony should be furnished to such member, and an opportunity given him to explain or contradict it by other evidence : or if the member desired to do so, by his own statement, under oath or not under oath, as he might think proper. This course was regarded by the committee as more liberal towards the members whose...  
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