Thevoted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and 's former legal counselor, .
Contempt of Congress would be a federal misdemeanor punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and a one-year prison sentence. If the citations win support in the full House, they would be forwarded to the U.S. attorney for the — a Bush appointee (emphasis mine).
And that's as far as it's likely to go, the Justice Department said in a letter to the committee late Tuesday.
Contempt of Congress is a federal crime, but a sitting president has the authority to commute the sentence or pardon anyone convicted or accuses of any federal crime.
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