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Not Above The Law
Townhall.com ^ | 6/12/06 | Robert Novak

Posted on 06/12/2006 4:04:21 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom

Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, a low-profile second-term Republican from Florida, last Thursday introduced a resolution repudiating the stand of her leader, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. It avows that a "Congressional office may be subject to searches and seizures" in an "ongoing criminal investigation" of a House member. It would be hard to find any colleagues who now disagree with her, even though most want to forget the embarrassing subject.

"I didn't know if I would be getting an office in the basement [after introducing the resolution]," Brown-Waite told this column. Like other lawmakers, she got an earful from constituents during the Memorial Day recess. Voters in her heavily Republican district northeast of Tampa and St. Petersburg, she told me, "were irate" over Hastert's criticism of the FBI raiding Democratic Rep. William Jefferson's offices. She found fellow Republican House members also had been "read the riot act" by constituents.

At the same time, the Justice Department and FBI reaction to Hastert's criticism was arrogant and undisciplined. Senior officials at the White House have not spoken out publicly, but they are appalled by Justice-FBI leaks. Nobody escapes from this episode untarnished, including President George W. Bush's decision to seal for 45 days the evidence obtained from Jefferson's office under court approval. Naturally, Republicans prefer to have heard the last of the sorry affair, and that's what makes the Brown-Waite resolution inconvenient.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: govwatch; hastert; searches; ushouse
I still don't understand why Hastert/Gingrich went so far out of their way to make themselves look above the law, this all could have been handled quietly with a couple of phone calls. Yes they say it's the principle of the thing but the only principle it looks like they are protecting is the principle of an Imperial Washington.
1 posted on 06/12/2006 4:04:24 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

No--imagine Hilary in the White House with a Republican Congress that refuses to pass her Socialist Soros agenda. You WANT the FBI in Congressional offices every day, to intimidate our guys? That's what you're heading for.


2 posted on 06/12/2006 4:20:09 AM PDT by publius1 (Just to be clear: my position is no.)
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The FBI is empowered to enforce the laws - not act as storm-troopers for whichever administration is in power. The FBI went into Jefferson's office because he clearly violated the laws of the land. No one in USA is above the law.


3 posted on 06/12/2006 4:27:43 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

What did Gingrich say on the subject???


4 posted on 06/12/2006 4:42:09 AM PDT by DB ()
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The FBI didn't simply go into a congressional office and harass a congressman.

They had a search warrant signed off by a federal judge.

They had hard evidence crimes had been committed. They had a subpoena for documents for 8 months that went unanswered.

I have no information that the FBI did anything wrong here.
5 posted on 06/12/2006 4:47:41 AM PDT by DB ()
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The congressman and his staff had ignored subpoenas for more than 90 days. The chief judge of the N. Va. district signed the search warrant. The FBI went in after hours precisely to avoid a confrontation. This Florida Republican should be saluted.
6 posted on 06/12/2006 6:31:42 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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No--imagine Hilary in the White House with a Republican Congress that refuses to pass her Socialist Soros agenda. You WANT the FBI in Congressional offices every day, to intimidate our guys? That's what you're heading for.

This isn't about refusing to support a political agenda, it is about ignoring a subpoena for months on end and about a legally issued and executed search warrant.

7 posted on 06/12/2006 6:45:58 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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