The Developments of Congressional Investigative Power

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CONTENTS
PAGE
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTORY
Congress has other methods of obtaining information 8
Many proposed investigations are throttled 13
The House of Representatives continues in a minor role 21
CHAPTER II
PURPOSES OF INVESTIGATIONS
Classification of Congressional investigations 23
Investigations may aid as well as curb the Administration 34
Personal motives for investigations 45
Summary 48
CHAPTER III
PROCEDURE
Importance of preparation prior to hearings 51
Resolutions are sometimes unheeded 51
Defining the scope of the investigation 53
Selecting a staff 59
Charting the committee's procedure 67
Hearings: Purpose 72
Procedure in hearings 74
An investigation may provide an anti-climax 81
CHAPTER IV
RESULTS
CHAPTER V
RECENT DECISIONS BY THE COURTS
Judicial opinions relating to the purposes of investigations 95
Legal limitations on the activities of investigating committees 106
Congressional power to punish for contempt 109
Summary 112
CHAPTER VI
CONCERNING FUTURE METHODS
Two types of investigations suited to increased delegation 121
General delegation of supervisory inquiries not desirable 140
The investigatory process must remain flexible 144
Delegation encounters obstacles 149
Two steps to an investigation 158
BIBLIOGRAPHY 161
INDEX 167

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  • The Developments of Congressional Investigative Power *
  • Preface *
  • Contents 5
  • Chapter I- Introductory 7
  • Chapter II- Purposes of Investigations 23
  • Chapter III- Procedure 50
  • Chapter IV- Results 85
  • Chapter V- Recent Decisions by the Courts 95
  • Chapter VI- Concerning Future Methods 115
  • Bibliography 161
  • Index 167
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