Thursday, May 25, 2006

Speaker Hastert, San Fran Nan, and their staffs aka a box of rocks
House Leaders Demand Return of Seized Files

WASHINGTON, May 24 — The constitutional clash pitting Congress against the executive branch escalated Wednesday as the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House demanded the immediate return of materials seized by federal agents when they searched the office of a House member who is under investigation in a corruption case.

The demand, by Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Republican of Illinois, and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, underscored the degree of the anger generated among members of both parties on Capitol Hill by the search on Saturday night at the office of Representative William J. Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, who has been accused of accepting bribes.

"The Justice Department was wrong to seize records from Congressman Jefferson's office in violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers, the speech or debate clause of the Constitution, and the practice of the last 219 years," Mr. Hastert and Ms. Pelosi said in a rare joint statement…
Don’t either of these House ‘leaders’ have one intelligent, level-headed staff member between them? A 20 second search of the FindLaw website (see my prior post) shows the folly of their position to all but the mind-numbingly obtuse.

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