Trampling the Constitution
One more reason why during the next election I’m going to head to the polls rip-roaring drunk.
“Members of Congress must follow the law and be held accountable just like everyone else. By no means, should Rep. Jefferson’s alleged conduct be condoned, but there is a constitutional way for justice to be served. The FBI’s unprecedented Saturday night raid of Rep. Jefferson’s Capitol Hill office raises profoundly disturbing constitutional questions that must be addressed,” Sensenbrenner said in a press release.
The oversight hearing, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, is entitled, “Reckless Justice: Did the Saturday Night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?”
I got news for people like Pelosi and Hastert, the only people who appear to be trampling on the Constitution are them (and by them I mean politicians in general–i.e. you liberal readers I’m not giving Bush a pass here, he is after all a politician too).
“The Founding Fathers intended to protect the Congress and the American people from abuses of power, and those principles deserve to be vigorously defended,” Hastert and Pelosi said.
Sure, but the only one’s who are abusing their powers are Rep. William Jefferson, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Dennis Hastert (and those who think similarly). If this isn’t a case of using the privileges of one’s office in a way that abuses both that office and the trust of the American people I don’t know what is. Further, this makes me think, “What does Hastert and Pelosi have to hide?” After all, there is videotape of Jefferson taking the bribe for crying out loud. $90,000 in cash was found in his freezer. Saying that a politicians office is always off limits to search and seizure when a warrant has been issued by a court, then it basically says, “If you are going to be corrupt, then hide all the evidence in your Congressional office, that way you can be immune from prosecution for your wrong doing.”
Frankly, I hope Hastert is being investigated by the Justice Department, and I hope he is found to be guilty, removed from office and thrown in jail. The man is a complete disgrace.
Update: After seeing James’ post above that Bush caved and ordered Jefferson’s papers sealed all I have to say is, only 971 days till Bush is history.