Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Rep. William J. Jefferson Should Resign


(CBS/AP) A congressman under investigation for bribery was caught on videotape accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant whose conversations with the lawmaker also were recorded, according to a court document released Sunday. Authorities say agents later found most of the cash hidden in his freezer.

According to the court document, Jefferson - in one audiotaped meeting - chuckles about writing in code to keep secret what the government contends was his corrupt role in getting his children a cut of a communications company's deal for work in Africa.

However, instead of the Bush administration following the rules in building a case they stage this questionable raid on his office that pushes the line with the seperation of powers.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert questioned whether the raid of the congressman's office, believed the first in history, overstepped constitutional limitations on executive powers.

"Nothing I have learned in the last 48 hours leads me to believe that there was any necessity to change the precedent established over those 219 years," the Illinois Republican said in a statement.


A historian with the Senate Historical Office said there is no record of any member's congressional office being searched.

Hastert said he expects "to seek a means to restore the delicate balance of power among the branches of government that the founders intended" after consulting other House leaders and weighing the long-term consequences of the search.

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Jeremy said...

I absolutely think he should resign. He's making hypocrites out of all of us who tend to vote Democratic, while calling Republicans out on their corrupt bullshit. Resign, and take your goddamn freezer with you .

VaMEad said...

Along with Bush, and his tail, our P.M. Howard, but that is just my opinion.

james said...


Yeah they should chain him to his damn freezer while in jail.


Yeessss!!! I would be SO HAPPY to see Bush, Cheney, Blair, Howard and MANY, MANY others in jail as well.

Tom said...
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Tom said...

Hastert and Pelosi see something untoward in the raid on Jefferson's senate office.

But on this one, I feel the Bush Aministration, Attn. Gen. Gonzales and FBI Dir. Mueller deserve our praise. The raid was done with a court order, was done carefully, was filmed, I believe, and certainly seems appropriate, from what we know. It is done fully in the spirit of the checks and balances of our constitution. The Administration with a Court Order is investigation corruption by one member of the legislative branch.

To suppose that the legislative branch has offices outside the perview of justice -- that is, is above the law -- would be unique. We already know from the Clinton-Lewinsky dustup that a president isn't above the law. The only reason our current president is immune from the law is because the legislature has ceased doing oversight -- which is an outrage.

I don't know the details of course, but generally speaking the Justice Department should be allowed to do its job and investigate Jefferson fully based on evidence of his unlawful activities.

I think Jefferson's decision to resign must be his and his alone, but investigation of his crimes should not be stuck in this 45-day cooling off period. Shame on Pelosi for participating in demanding it. And hurray for Gonzales and Mueller for putting their own jobs on the line for the sake of justice.

I have a thousand complains about the horrible Bush Administration and the corrupt Republican congress. And I condemn the bad But, when Republicans do the right thing, I think we should recognize it and support it.

james said...


Yeah I've never been a big fan of Pelosi and especially now.