Tuesday, May 23, 2006

FBI Search of House Office Questioned


WASHINGTON - The FBI' weekend search of the House office of a Louisiana Democrat under investigation for bribery may have overstepped Constitutional boundaries, House leaders said as the congressman under investigation pledged to stay in office.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert said the Justice Department had never before crossed a line that separates Congress from the executive branch by searching a congressional office while investigating a member of Congress.

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

I can understand this crap from the Democrats, after all they'll do whatevers neccessary to divert attention from the issue here. But what's up with Republicans ie. Hastert, Gingerich, Frist? Are they asserting this is another Congressional perk, that law enforcement cannot search the sacred ground of their office even with a warrant?

Let me be the first to straighten them out. If a congressman's office is a crime scene, and if you have a warrant supported by probable cause, there is NO privilege that applies to a congressional office......PERIOD!

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