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COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES IN THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 103
TO INVESTIGATE THE EXPENDITURES IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
MAY 31, 1911
EXPENDITURES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. Committee Room 286, House Office Building. Telephone 583. Meets on call of chairman.]
JACK BEALL, CHAIRMAN, Texas.
ELBERT A. HUBBARD, Iowa.
JNO. E. HOLLINGSWORTH, Cle rk.
EXPENDITURES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.
COMMITTEE ON EXPENDITURES
Wednesday, May 31, 1911.
The CHAIRMAN. Gentlemen, before we begin the examination of the Attorney General, Mr. Wickersham, I think it would be well to incorporate in the record section 42 of the Rules of the House, showing the jurisdiction of this committee, as well as the resolution that was passed giving authority to the committee in respect to the summoning of witnesses, etc.
Section 42 of the Rules of the House of Representatives reads as follows:
The examination of the accounts and expenditures of the several departments of the Government and the manner of keeping the same; the economy, justness, and correctness of such expenditures; their conformity with appropriation laws; the proper application of public moneys; the security of the Government against unjust and extravagant demands; retrenchment; the enforcement of the payment of moneys due to the United States; the economy and accountability of public officers; the abolishment of useless offices; the reduction or increase of the pay of officers, shall all be subjects within the jurisdiction of the nine standing committees on public expenditures in the several departments, as follows:
In the Department of Justice to the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice.
The resolution which passed the House of Representatives is as follows:
Resolved, That the Committees on Expenditures in the State Department, in the Treasury Department, in the War Department, in the Navy Department, in the Post Office Department, in the Interior Department, in the Department of Justice, in the Department of Agriculture, in the Department of Commerce and Labor, and on Public Buildings be, and they are hereby, instructed to proceed to examine into all the affairs of said departments as fully as is permitted to them and made their duty to do by the Rules of the House relating to said committees, respectively. And the investigåtions of said committees may cover such period in the past as each of said committees may deem necessary. And said committees, or any subcommittees thereof, shall have the power to subpæna and compel the attendance of witnesses and to examine them under oath and send for records, books, and papers and all other evidence that may be necessary to make the investigation full and complete, and that the Speaker shall have authority to sign and the Clerk to attest subpanas during the recess of Congress. Said committees, or any subcommittees thereof, shall have authority to sit during any recess of this Congress. Attest:
SOUTH TRIMBLE, Clerk. The CHAIRMAN. The Attorney General has very kindly consented to come before us this morning and to give such information as he can with regard to his department. I hope the members of the committee will feel entirely free to propound any questions that they deem proper.