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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hastert Criticizes Bush For Raid On Congressman

In what I see as just a bunch of bellowing, in the wake of Bush's low public poll ratings, Dennis Hastert has claimed that the FBI's search and seizure of congressional documents in Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) congressional office is unconstitutional. Jefferson is under investigation by the FBI for taking bribes. The FBI even got Jefferson to take a suitcase full of money ($100,000) from an FBI agent in a theoretical kickback scheme. Hastert is concerned that the separation of powers doctrine of the Comstitution has been violated with the searching of Jefferson's offices.
My response is this. What if it were an investigation of a murder? Or of an organized slavery/prostitution situation?
In each of those instances, time would be of the essence. Would Mr Hastert assert that an imminent threat is not enough to warrant a search?
And if the search would be OK under those circumstances, why not in the current?
Mr Hastert's assertions are tantamount to claiming "diplomatic immunity", which I find to be particularly offensive.

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