House committee to call AG, FBI chief on Jefferson search

NY Times:

The House intends to summon Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert S. Mueller III, before the Judiciary Committee to justify its search of a Congressional office, the panel chairman said Tuesday.

The chairman, Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Republican of Wisconsin, called the search "profoundly disturbing."

Mr. Sensenbrenner also said he planned a legislative response to the search on May 20 of the office of Representative William J. Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana. The bill would be patterned on a law limiting searches of news media offices.

"I think this law will help the Justice Department get it right next time because they didn't get it right this time," Mr. Sensenbrenner said as his committee heard from legal experts and a former lawmaker.

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Sensebrenner is the one who did not get it right on this search. His attempt to insulate Congress from the due process of law is outrageous. Congress is so out of touch on this issue, it cannot see the damage it is doing to the instution by trying to put itself above the law and coverup its corruption.

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