May 24 2006
The Republicans have set up their circular firing squad and are firing away in an effort to look as imperialistic and bombastic as possible. Not to mention uniformed:
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) told President Bush yesterday that he is concerned the Federal Bureau of Investigationâ€™s (FBI) raid on Rep. William Jeffersonâ€™s (D-La.) congressional office over the weekend was a direct violation of the Constitution.
Hastert raised concerns that the FBIâ€™s unannounced seizure of congressional documents during a raid of Jeffersonâ€™s Rayburn office Saturday night violated the separation of powers between the two branches of government as they are defined by the Constitution.
Unannounced (emphasis mine)? They Congressional lawyers knew of the request for documents, made copies and then all of a sudden decided not to turn them over at the last minute. The FBI was forced to get a warrant – from a judge – and get the information the old fashioned way. So I don’t know who is misreporting this, but the facts are this was not unannounced.
So now we have Rep leaders in Congress defending a man who has been taking bribes for votes and influence. And their excuse is the other two branches of government cannot hold them accountable to our laws. That’s it for me. I could care less who wins in 2006 since many are power hungry and corrupt (I can think of a few exceptions, like Curt Weldon).