Skip to comments.William Jefferson Gives Congress Freezer Burn
Posted on 06/03/2006 10:33:02 PM PDT by FairOpinion
Rep. William Jefferson, as Ricky Ricardo would say, has some splainin ta do mostly to members of Congress whose nerves hes rattled like maracas on a trampoline.
First the Louisiana Democrat was videotaped accepting a $100,000 bribe from an FBI informant, his home was raided, $90,000 was found in his freezer, then his congressional office was raided. Until we reached the latter, everything was business-as-usual with how Congress viewed all this.
For the first time in history, a lawmakers office was raided. Yes, the first time in history. This has to be causing some members of Congress to have a serious case of the runs. Think of all the scumbags, crooks, liars and cheats that have been in Congress throughout the course of history, and none of them have had their offices subjected to a raid? As a result of this unprecedented enforcement of the law on the heretofore untouchable and pristine self-perceived Monarchs, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are circling the wagons - or at least crashing them into police cruisers while trying to circle them.
Both parties would have also defended Jim Traficant, Dan Rostenkowski, and others, but only if their offices were raided. They werent, so off to jail they went.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Republican James Sensenbrenner, is conducting a probe into whether or not the raid on Jeffersons office was justified.
This alone is a telling example of how separated Congress is from the laws that the rest of us must live under. A congressmans office is way off limits to search and seizure, but what if you were taped accepting a bribe and cops found $90,000 in your freezer? Not only would your office would be raided while investigators ate the fish sticks they found next to the money, but theyd raid the office next to yours, your boat, your car, your body cavities, and then youd be thrown in jail to await your trial ten months from now.
Congress is on thin ice with this one, and is bound to lay a good smackdown on Jefferson if it is found that the raid on his office was completely legal and justified. In the world you and I live in, this would be a no-brainer, but in Congressional la-la-land, this is an unprecedented invasion of privacy. The odds that a Congressional investigation finds that the raid and seizure of material from Jeffersons office was justified are about the same as Anna Nicole Smiths baby growing up well adjusted.
Complicating matters were top officials at Justice and the FBI who threatened to resign if President Bush ordered them to return material taken from Jeffersons office during the raid. Bush never gave such an order, and now the congressional squirming continues.
Congress is ticked at Jefferson, not because he took a bribe, but because he may have helped set a precedent that could endanger the glass house in which all members of Congress live, and Bush isnt doing anything about it. There are those who want to impeach Bush for all sorts of things related to the war, wiretapping, etc., but when he refuses to protect the august body that is the U.S. Congress, he may have signed his own impeachment warrant.
James Sensenbrenner is the proper go to guy as far as Congress is concerned when it comes to an investigation of the investigators, since he has a proven track record of trying to see to the survival of Congress. Remember the Sensenbrenner-sponsored Continuity in Representation Act? This ensures that, in the event of almost any disaster, Congress will be one of the two things that will certainly survive - then theyll debate exactly how to go about taxing cockroaches.
The Act, known as the Sensenbrenner Bill, ensures the survival of Congress even in the event of terror attacks, nuclear attacks and natural disasters - everything except police raids on their offices. If the latter is allowed to continue, before you know it, Congress could be almost like ::gulp:: regular people.
If William Jefferson is let to slide by Congress, it will be a visible symptom of there but for the grace of God syndrome.
Watch this debate carefully. The members of Congress sweating the most over the raiding of Jeffersons office are probably the ones who have recently defrosted their own freezers.
They'll back off, all right. There was a recent poll saying 85% of those polled said there could be no impropriety in an FBI search pursuant to a valid warrant. And we all know that politicians live and die by the poll. They're going to have to climb back down off that high horse.
Maybe if the FBI raids the homes of more Congressman we could pay off the national debt and reduce the tax burden.
Congress knew about it months ago.
Any ethics hearings?
Were he republican, he would be out on his a*s and in jail by now - along with every republican that had ever spoke to him or was caught in the same photo frame with him.
Could be the source of a lot of cold hard cash
Jefferson is the talk of the New Orleans area- none of it good.
What NO one has brought up yet is how UNlikely it is that this is the first money he has taken. How many other deals has he done in his years as a Congressman? The odds of him being busted on his first money drop are very low, IMO.
Does anyone think this is the first time he's sold his influence, or just the first time he's been caught?
still no word on where the 10,000 went? nose candy? hookers?
The Republicans sure know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They we handed gold, and rejected it.
The Constitution does not protect men like William Jefferson Democrat Louisiana from criminal investigation. In fact, it would not protect William Jefferson Democrat Louisiana from arrest either since this is a felony case.
The river is well known and deep, hopefully there are many branches.
This isn't the "First" time he has taken bribes, I'm pretty sure of that. From that I hear the audio of him is mocking the FBI and he isn't scared at all... If it were his first time I think he would be a little more discrete.
It's settled. I want to be a senator!
Apparently to Congress, Jefferson's crime wasn't his felonious acceptance of bribes, but his incompetence in getting caught.
And then some. :-)
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