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THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INVESTIGATION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
UNITED STATES SENATE
S. Res. 157
DIRECTING A COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE THE FAILURE
THE GOVERNMENT IS INTERESTED
MARCH 12, 13, 14, 15, AND 17, 1924
U.S. Congress. Senate.
Investigation of the Attorney General
SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ATTORNEY
SMITH W. BROOKHART, Iowa, Chairman.
HENRY F. ASHURST, Arizona.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
INVESTIGATION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 1924.
UNITED STATES SENATE,
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON
Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to call of the chairman, in room 410, Senate Office Building, at 4 p. m., Senator Smith W. Brookhart presiding
Present: Senator Brookhart (chairman), Jones of Washington, Moses, Ashurst, and Wheeler.
Present also : George E. Chamberlain and Paul Howland, counsel for the Attorney General.
The committee met pursuant to S. Res. 157, 183, and 189, which are here printed in full as follows:
[S. Res. 157, Sixty-eighth Congress, first session.] Resolved, That a committee of five Senators, consisting of three members of the majority and two of the minority, be authorized and directed to investigate circumstances and facts, and report the same to the Senate, concerning the alleged failure of Harry M. Daugherty, Attorney General of the United States, to prosecute properly violators of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Act against monopolies and unlawful restraint of trade; the alleged neglect and failure of the said Harry M. Daugherty, Attorney General of the United States, to arrest and prosecute Albert B. Fall
, Harry F. Sinclair, E. L. Doheny, C. R. Forbes, and their coconspirators in defrauding the Government as well as the alleged neglect and failure of the said Attorney General to arrest and prosecute many others for violations of Federal Statutes, and his alleged failure to prosecute properly, efficiently, and promptly and defend all manner of civil and criminal actions wherein the Government of the United States is interested as a party plaintiff or defendant. And said committee is further directed to inquire into, investigate, and report to the Senate the activities of the said Harry M. Daugherty, Attorney General, and any of his assistants in the Department of Justice which would in any manner tend to impair their efficiency or influence as representatives of the Government of the United States.
That said committee above referred to and the chairman thereof shall be elected by the Senate of the United States.
Resolved further, That in pursuance of the purposes of this resolution said committee or any member thereof be, and hereby is, authorized during the Sixty-eighth Congress to send for persons, books, and papers; to administer oaths, and to employ stenographic assistance at a cost not to exceed 25 cents per hundred words, to report such hearings as may be had in connection herewith, the expenses thereof to be paid out of the contingent fund of the Senate, and that the committee, or any subcommittee thereof, may sit during the sessions or recesses of the Senate.
[S. Res. 183, Sixty-eighth Congress, first session.) Resolved, That S. Res. 157, agreed to February 29, 1924, be and the same herehy is, amended to include authorization for the employment of such clerical and other personal services as may be necessary for the accomplishment of the purposes of said resolution.