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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

HASTERT: HOUSE MAY CHALLENGE OFFICE SEARCH

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said Sunday he may challenge a judge's order allowing FBI agents to examine documents seized at a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office in a bribery probe.

***Why? What are you so afraid of Mr. Hastert and don't give us any of this constitutional B.S. either because you have done nothing but rip into the Constitution whenever your "master" tells you too!

Hastert said he believed Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record), (D-LA), was "in big trouble" and that the House would not be joining in support of Jefferson himself. But he said the House seperately might seek to make clear its position that the Justice Department cannot randomly and wantonly search lawmakers' offices.

***Although you think you are Mr. Hastert, lawmakers are not above the law. You can and will be held responsible for your actions!

"The gentleman from Louisiana is in big trouble, as far as I'm concerned. And we're not trying to protect him," said Hastert, R-IL.

***I wonder why he didn't mention all of the Republicans, including himself that are in trouble! I guess it feels good for him to be able to talk about someone else, huh? This way, it keeps his mind off of his own problems. Don't you just love people like him?

"But there has to be a procedure for the Justice Department to come in and just start searching any congressman's office," he said. "We may take a fine line depending on how the negotiations are. There is a constitutional division there that we have to protect."

***Constitutional division! There he goes! What about all of the people's constitutional rights that you take away from them for no reason at all?

Last week, Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan denied Jefferson's request to delay the investigation while the congressman appeals the judge's earlier ruling that the office search was legal.

As a result of Hogan's ruling, Jeffereson is seeking to bar a "filter team" of FBI agents from reviewing the seized documents pending an appeal. The filter team, which is unconnected to the prosecution team, would review records to determine if they were responsive to the items listed in a court warrant authorizing the search.

Investigators have been looking into whether the congressman promoted the sale of telecommunications equipment and services in exchange for stock and cash. Jefferson has not been charged and has denied wrongdoing.

On Sunday, Hastert said FBI agents should be able to search for documents on any criminal aspect, but that they do not have a right to "take all your records," such as confidential tax forms.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has directed that any review of the documents by the filter team not begin until Thursday to give jusges time to consider Jefferson's call for a delay.

***Who are they kidding? They've been through those records and are already getting a case prepared! It's the government and they do as they please! And he's a Democratic congressman, so the sooner they get him out, there's a possibility that they can replace him with another Republican. Just what we don't need, another lapdog!

Hastert appeared on "Fox News Sunday."

***That figures!

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Associated Press
July 23, 2006



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