contempt of Congress


noun

contempt of a U.S. Congressional body, as of an investigating committee, shown by a witness summoned or appearing before it.

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Cultural definitions for contempt of congress

contempt of Congress

The deliberate obstruction of the workings of the federal legislative branch. For example, a witness under subpoena who refuses to testify before Congress can be cited for contempt of Congress.

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