Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dumb, Stupid, Bad, Wrong...

Talk about coming full circle... The House of Representatives thinks nobody on earth can execute a search of a Congressman's Capitol office...
(White House spokesman Tony) Snow also said the Justice Department executed search warrants and didn't "raid" the office. "I think using the term raid makes it sound a little like the calvary is storming into the halls of Congress," he said.

The search warrant was issued by a federal district judge, based on an affidavit from FBI investigators outlining some of the evidence that has accumulated in the case, including video tape of Rep. William Jefferson accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant, who agreed to have her conversations with the congressman taped.

Agents later found all but $10,000 of the cash — in marked bills — hidden in a freezer in one of the congressman's homes, according to the affidavit.

His homes in New Orleans and the Washington area were searched by FBI agents last August.

"Nothing I have learned in the last 48 hours leads me to believe that there was any necessity to change the precedent established over those 219 years," Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said in a statement Monday.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said congressional independence from the executive branch protects Americans from abuses of power.

"Justice Department investigations must be conducted in accordance with Constitutional protections and historical precedent," she said.
So the party that impeached President Clinton for lying to a grand jury, wants to argue that a federal judge can't issue a search warrant against a Congressman in a felony case?

Equality before the law is our 219-year-old tradition! Has the House GOP forgotten what stinking crimes were carried out under the Capitol Dome in the early 1990s? The House bank? The House post office?

How far down does this imaginary immunity from the combined power of the other two branches of government extend? No search warrants? How about subpoenas? How about arrests?

How can our guys be stupid enough to push this six months before the election? What percentage of the United States electorate gets a warm fuzzy knowing their Congressman has immunities that their own homes lack?

Maranatha O Lord!

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