Of recent years much publicity has been given to the activities of congressional investigating committees At the present time such a committee is engaged in examining witnesses and taking evidence concerning the operations of munitions manufacturers. About a year ago a similar investigation of much publc interest was held coneerning the matter of air mail contracts. In the decade immediately preceding, the scandals arising out of the Harding administration formed the subject of similiar inquiries. Many like rncidents within present-day memory might be cited, but the mention of any single recent investigation should not create the impression that congressional activity of this character is a matter of recent development. Such investigations have been held at frequent intervals ever since the origin of the Federal Government. Before that time, their counterparts existed in the colonial legislatures, which in turn doubtless adopted this practice from the British Parliament.
The Limits of Congressional Investigating Power,
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