Bush Orders Corrupt Congressman’s Documents Sealed
Acceeding to pressure from House Speaker Hastert, President ordered the documents from a controversial search of Rep. William Jefferson’s office sealed.
President Bush stepped into the Justice Department’s constitutional confrontation with Congress on Thursday and ordered that documents seized in an FBI raid on a congressman’s office be sealed for 45 days. The president directed that no one involved in the investigation have access to the documents taken last weekend from the office of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., and that they remain in the custody of the solicitor general.
Bush’s move was described as an attempt to cool off a heated confrontation between his administration and leaders of the House and Senate. “This period will provide both parties more time to resolve the issues in a way that ensures that materials relevant to the ongoing criminal investigation are made available to prosecutors in a manner that respects the interests of a coequal branch of government,” Bush said.
Glenn Reynolds wonders, “Could Al Qaeda have slipped mind-altering drugs into the DC water supply? What’s gotten into these people? Or has some sort of deal been cut? Whatever it is, I don’t think I like it.” Indeed.