Wednesday, May 24, 2006

William Jefferson. This matter of the FBI raiding the office of Congressman William Jefferson is fascinating from many perspectives, including, of course, constitutional and political perspectives. I went to a luncheon two years ago at which the Congressman discussed the estate tax. It was the first time I had seen him personally. He was a very, very impressive man. I am disappointed to see that he is under investigation.

On the political/constitutional side, I am appalled at the FBI going into the Congressman's Congressional office. What if some Congressional police-force had gone into the Oval Office during the Clinton administration to investigate Lewinsky? Or now, to investigate the run-up to the Iraqi war? The difference is that Congress has no police force and the Executive does. So, I guess, the difference depends on who has the guns. This is simply appalling. I am about to be pushed over the edge by the incompetence (or maybe its arrogance) of the Bush administration.

UPDATE: On the other hand, Instapundit would disagree with my position and is appalled at the corruption in Congress.

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