facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Senate leaders not so upset over FBI raid

May 29, 2006 at 1:40 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- Some U.S. Senate leaders seem less outraged than those in the House over FBI's search of the office of Rep. William J. Jefferson, D-La., in a bribery probe.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist doesn't see any constitutional problem with the search, reports The Washington Post.

"No House member, no senator, nobody in government should be above the law of the land, period," Frist was quoted as telling "Fox News Sunday."

Frist said he had consulted with U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and concluded the FBI acted appropriately when it used a warrant to search the office of a sitting lawmaker for the first time in history, the Post reported.

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have said the search was illegal. President Bush has ordered the Justice Department to seal the materials for 45 days until congressional leaders and the department can agree on the next step.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., the assistant minority leader, said he is not sure whether the "speech and debate" protections in the Constitution were violated by the search.

© 2006 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
2
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
3
Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional
4
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
5
Arrest warrant issued for 'person of interest' in missing UVA student case Arrest warrant issued for 'person of interest' in missing UVA student case
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback