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McCaskill committee threatens criminal contempt of Backpage.com

WASHINGTON • A Senate investigating committee investigating sex trafficking on the Internet may recommend criminal contempt charges against a website where the majority of online advertising for sex appears. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on ... read more

Senators weigh criminal contempt charge after CEO skips hearing

The senators also opened the door to asking the Justice Department to examine the case for a possible charge of criminal contempt ... of the full committee and the Senate, USA Today reported. The lawmakers also took issue with Backpage’s apparent ... read more

Backpage CEO Skipped Sex-Trafficking Hearing, May Face Criminal Contempt Charges

Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire McCaskill ... of contempt" that "may justify a referral" to the Justice Department for criminal contempt charges, according to The Hill. "Defiance of a congressional subpoena is rare, and it's serious," he said. Backpage.com ... read more

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As Rob Portman and Senate prepare to bring contempt-of-Congress charge, Backpage.com says 'Bring it on'

Claire McCaskill ... Committee followed with a vote. Today's full Senate vote, assuming it passes, would be the final step needed to go to U.S. District Court and seek a civil contempt citation, ordering Backpage to comply. Fines and ultimately criminal ... read more

First Amendment may protect shady sex ads, too: Bloomberg View

The committee suspects that ... to the Supreme Court in a very unusual way. After Backpage refused to comply with the subpoena, Portman and McCaskill convinced the Senate to vote to hold the company in contempt of Congress -- the first such action in ... read more

Portman, McCaskill, pushing contempt of Congress for Web site that advertises sex

Portman, R-Ohio, is the chair of the committee and McCaskill, D-Mo., is its top-ranking Democrat. They are looking into whether sex traffickers try to use Backpage for illegal ... had threatened more severe criminal contempt charges when Ferrer did not ... read more

Heitkamp rips sex ads that make Backpage.com 'filthy rich'

Heidi Heitkamp blasted the CEO of Backpage ... criminal contempt, an action the committee has not taken in 30 years, according to Portman. "If Backpage thinks they're going to go quietly into the night, they are sadly mistaken," said Sen. Claire McCaskill ... read more

Flynn takes the Fifth but fights over testimony are just beginning

“This case marks the first time in more than 20 years that the Senate has enforced a subpoena in court,” said the committee’s leaders, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri. In order to overcome the ... read more

Senators advance contempt resolution in trafficking investigation

Claire McCaskill Claire Conner McCaskill Government ... asked the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to sign off on a resolution holding Backpage.com and its CEO in civil contempt on Wednesday. Since it was approved by the ... read more


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