Immunity (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Immunity

Faire 2007.6, by anoldent

Faire 2007.6, by anoldent

(1) The constitutional privilege of members of Congress (Article. I. Section. 6.) to make verbal statements on the floor and in committee for which they cannot be sued or arrested for slander or libel. Also, freedom from arrest while traveling to or from sessions of Congress or on official business. Members in this status may be arrested only for treason, felonies or a breach of the peace, as defined by congressional manuals.

(2) In the case of a witness before a committee, a grant of protection from prosecution based on that person’s testimony to the committee.

Also see Congressional Ethics; Contempt of Congress; Oversight; § 8.70, Congress and the Executive: Oversight and Investigation, § 8.75, Committee Investigations and Witness Protections, in Congressional Deskbook.

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