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Congressional Investigations: Witnesses Do Have Rights, BNA's White Collar Crime Report

July 08, 2016

Watching a televised Congressional hearing, you might well think that it is Washington’s version of the Wild West—a proceeding where no rules protect witnesses and that, at least from the members’ standpoint, anything goes.

But, in fact, there are a collection of rules—some more significant than others—that protect witnesses called before Congress. These basic rules provide witnesses at least a modicum of defense when testifying on the Hill. 

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