Thursday, May 25, 2006

Sauce for the gander

Guest post by Greg Prince

The FBI conducted a raid on the congressional office of soon to be convicted as a felon representative William Jefferson (D-LA). It's interesting how both houses of Congress feel violated by the executive branch:

The Saturday raid of Jefferson's quarters in the Rayburn House Office Building posed a new political dilemma for the leaders of both parties, who felt compelled to protest his treatment while condemning any wrongdoing by the lawmaker. The dilemma was complicated by new details contained in an 83-page affidavit unsealed on Sunday, including allegations that the FBI had videotaped Jefferson taking $100,000 in bribe money and then found $90,000 of that cash stuffed inside his apartment freezer.

Republican leaders, who previously sought to focus attention on the Jefferson case as a counterpoint to their party's own ethical scandals, said they are disturbed by the raid. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said that he is "very concerned" about the incident and that Senate and House counsels will review it.

Is this the same Bill Frist who is completely unconcerned about the privacy of our cell phone records? Is this the same Bill Frist who's enabling the Bush Administration's law breaking with illegal wiretaps in the name of "security"?

AMERICAblog says it well: "It's good to be king."

TMV: "It now turns out, the government reportedly knew that this raid was indeed unprecedented — which suggests bipartisan concerns over this not being separation-of-power as usual have some foundation."

What? Dubya taking unprecedented into his own hands just because he thinks he can? Surely you jest.

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