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The Speech and Debate Clause, Kilbourn v Thompson, and Rep. Steve King

My Country – Speech and Debate Clause After the imprisonments of Sir John Elliot and Peter Wentworth in the Tower of London, our Founding Fathers took Congressional immunity into account. The Constitution states that “for any Speech or Debate in either House, [senators and representatives] shall not be questioned in any other place.” The phrase has …