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"Accused of selling weapons to the enemy, the founder of Stark Industries was recently called to Capitol Hill."
―Narrator[src]

The United States Capitol is the headquarters of the United States Congress, located in Washington, D.C..

History

Howard Stark's Charges of Treason

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Howard Stark was accused of selling weapons and technology to enemies of the United States, and was summoned to the United States Capitol in order to face a committee headed by Senator Webster.

Stark jokingly denied all accusations, saying that he did not sell that technology "knowingly", and selling it "unknowingly" was, by definition, something impossible to answer.

Stark did not appear for the final day of hearings, so he was declared both in Contempt of Congress and a fugitive.[1]

U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee

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Tony Stark and Pepper Potts at Stark's hearing

Tony Stark was summoned to Washington, D.C. to attend a Senate Armed Forces Committee with the intention of obtaining the Iron Man armor for military application, using the developing of similar suits over the world in retaliation as an excuse.

Senator Stern, head of the Committee, tried to coerce Stark into handing over the Iron Man Armor as a weapon, but Stark refused, argumenting that as the armor was not a weapon, but a high technology prosthesis, and that he and the armor were one and the same, the petition would be comparable to slavery or prostitution.

Stern summoned Justin Hammer, one of Stark's business rivals and the current Department of Defense Weapons contractor, as an expert consultant. Hammer argumented that the armor was a weapon of incalculable possibilites, and that although Iron Man had played an important role in diminishing global security threats, he is not enough to give people an adequate feeling of safety, and that he would not be able to prevent all potential threats to national security.

Stern then summoned Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes, who wrote a detailed report about the potential of the Iron Man Armor. Rhodes was asked to read an out of context fragment of the report, where the Iron Man Armor is declared as a potential threat to national security, given that he did not operate as an official member of the United States Government.

The next argument of the Committe were a series of images obtained and seemingly confirmed by intelligence officers that there were operative attempts to reproduce Stark's technology. However, Stark showed a video of some of the failed attempts, such as armors made by North Korea, Iran and Hammer Industries, in order to prove that their excuse of the development of similar suits over the world was not an imminent threat that required handing over the Iron Man armor.

Stark finished his own exposition argumenting that he served as a dissuasive, and that he had succesfully privatized world peace. The public support to Stark made Senator Stern lose composure before postponing the session.[2]

Senate Hearings

Natasha Romanoff's Senate Hearing

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Natasha Romanoff was called to a Senate hearing concerning the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., and was first asked about the motivations of Steve Rogers, though she explained that the rests found at the Potomac River explained Rogers' point in a very eloquent manner.

General Scudder asked how the United States of America was expected to maintain national security now that its most prominent intelligence agency had been destroyed; Romanoff argued what HYDRA was telling was lies, not intelligence, though the general replied she personally told many of them.

Another member of the committe, Congressman Wenham, told Romanoff that many members of the committee felt that she should be imprisoned given her service record both for the country and against it. Romanoff defiantly replied that she was sure she wasn't going to be imprisoned, as the world was now a vulnerable place, but they were still the best qualified to defend it. She then got up and walked away from the commitee hearing without letting them reply.[3]

Maria Hill's Senate Hearing

Maria Hill was called to a Senate hearing concerning the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., and was asked about every minor detail the congressmen found in the reports to the point of annoyance, such as the purpose of the Fridge and its contents, or even the nature of the Man-Thing.

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Hill called Pepper Potts just as she left the Capitol to describe how she could handle the CIA, the NSA or the NRO, but how she felt the United States Congress was like a kindergarten. Hill continued describing the surveillance agents destined to follow her, one of them posing as woman at a bus stop, another posing as homeless man and a third being a hipster young man.

However, Hill suddenly realized that the three agents had been attacked or disappeared, and hang up the phone to grab her weapon. Hill entered an alley, where Melinda May surprised her saying they needed to talk. They first discussed Hill's decision to work for Tony Stark, something she did to gain the protection of Stark's lawyers against the intelligence community, and it provided them the chance to privatize global security, and Hill even offering May joining them

May revealed the intention of her visit, to help Phil Coulson, as he needed help, but he wouldn't accept it from May, there were many things to worry about to be obsessed with Project T.A.H.I.T.I., and who covered it, which Hill pointed, who covered it besides them.

May explained that Coulson knew enough about the Project, that it used alien biology, it rewrote his memories, and that Nick Fury was not the man in charge of the project. May was worried that Alexander Pierce was in charge, as he was the only person that gave orders to Fury, but he was a HYDRA operative.

Hill revealed what she knew about the responsible for Project T.A.H.I.T.I.. Fury's answers when she tried to learn about it was that he buried the intel when he decided not to bury Coulson, speaking in riddles as he sometimes did

Hearing sirens wailing, May said that it was left to her to solve the riddle, though she provoked Hill saying that maybe she could ask Fury for her. Hill continued to assure that Fury was dead, but May said she would believe it when she was it.

Two groups of FBI agents arrived at Hill's location, with May now gone, and Hill complained to the agents that having taken them 3 minutes and 20 seconds to locate her would have made them get fired if they were Hill's agents.[4]

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