Monday, July 10, 2006
Court Rules Jefferson Raid Was Legal
A federal judge that the FBI raid on Jefferson’s office was legal.

Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan said members of Congress are not above the law. He rejected requests from lawmakers and Democratic Rep. William Jefferson to return material seized by the FBI in a May 20-21 search of Jefferson's office.

In a 28-page opinion, Hogan dismissed arguments that the first-ever raid on a congressman's office violated the Constitution's protections against intials.

"Congress' capacity to function effectively is not threatened by permitting congressional offices to be searched pursuant to validly issued search warrants," said Hogan, who had approved the FBI's request to conduct the overnight search of Jefferson's office.

Congressional leaders coming out against this raid was a bad move, and I’m glad a judge has settled this. Congress is not above the law, and if a warrant is issued, there is no reason why their offices should not be able to be searched.

Hopefully this issue will be dropped and Democrats will do the right thing and come out against Jefferson. He should also do the right thing and step down until this has all been sorted out. The Democratic Party, using the “culture of corruption” political argument for midterms, cannot afford to pussy out and not pressure Jefferson.


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