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S.Res. 244 (115th): A resolution to authorize testimony, document production, and representation in United States of America v. Robert Menendez, et al.

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 2, 2017 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 244

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 2, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Schumer) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

To authorize testimony, document production, and representation in United States of America v. Robert Menendez, et al.

Whereas, in the case of United States of America v. Robert Menendez, et al., Cr. No. 15–155, pending in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, testimony and the production of documents may be needed from various current and former Members and employees of the Senate, relating to their official responsibilities;

Whereas, pursuant to sections 703(a) and 704(a)(2) of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 2 U.S.C. §§ 288b(a) and 288c(a)(2), the Senate may direct its counsel to represent current or former Members and employees of the Senate with respect to any subpoena, order, or request for testimony relating to their official responsibilities;

Whereas, by the privileges of the Senate of the United States and Rule XI of the Standing Rules of the Senate, no evidence under the control or in the possession of the Senate may, by the judicial or administrative process, be taken from such control or possession but by permission of the Senate; and

Whereas, when it appears that evidence under the control or in the possession of the Senate may promote the administration of justice, the Senate will take such action as will promote the ends of justice consistent with the privileges of the Senate: Now, therefore, be it

That current and former Members and employees of the Senate are authorized to testify and produce documents in the case of United States of America v. Robert Menendez, et al., and related proceedings, except concerning matters for which a privilege should be asserted.

2.

The Senate Legal Counsel is authorized to represent current and former Members and employees of the Senate in connection with the production of evidence authorized in section one of this resolution.