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This just in from House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Joint Statement from Speaker Hastert and Minority Leader Pelosi

Washington, D.C. - Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation's search of a Congressional office:

"No person is above the law, neither the one being investigated nor those conducting the investigation.

"The Justice Department was wrong to seize records from Congressman Jefferson's office in violation of the Constitutional principle of Separation of Powers, the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution, and the practice of the last 219 years. These constitutional principles were not designed by the Founding Fathers to place anyone above the law. Rather, they were designed to protect the Congress and the American people from abuses of power, and those principles deserve to be vigorously defended.

"Accordingly, the Justice Department must immediately return the papers it unconstitutionally seized. Once that is done, Congressman Jefferson can and should fully cooperate with the Justice Department's efforts, consistent with his constitutional rights.

"In addition, the Justice Department must immediately cease any further review of the documents it unconstitutionally seized, ensure that those who have reviewed the documents do not divulge their contents to the investigators, and move in Court to vitiate the search warrant."

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Hastert and Pelosi there's a King and Queen of any Prom!

There was wrong doing and, as I understand it, the powers in Congress were not cooperating - get over it - wrong doing should be sought out and destroyed wherever it might be...especially Congress which with the existing leadership is unable to find it's butt cheeks with both hands and the book of instructions.

Wow, Let me guess Congress Doesn't like to go to jail for crimes they commit... so they force the feds to give back Evidence Taken With A Court Warrent in a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, Stop all the Feds Involved and Then Keep their mouths shut... Guess they really do belive that they are above the law...

Hastert ,Pelosi saying Congress people office should not be raided.hmmmmmmm maybe because they both have to explain why they gave money back from a certain person in trouble for using Indain money

A public ofical should be like an actor open to public inspection all aspectes of their life should be public record scince they work for us we need to see what we pay for before and during the time we employ them and befor we vote ie. hire them they were put in place to reprisent us so we could know if they are doing that or representing themselves, so we can use our vote to suport them or fire them, it is not a seperatation of powers issue because of the checks and balences put in place.it seems that they try to circomvent,to use our government to put themselves in a better position to profit from this great country,at its peopls expence.

David Nichols, you are a fool and a traitor to Democracy. No principle is more important the Seperation of Powers, and it is clear that this illegal act is one more violation of that principle by the executive branch.

If we let this happen, don't look at your friends and neighbor's and say 'what happened?' twenty years from now, when we have no rights, no vote, no nothing but a boot smashing our face in, because we have allowed the president to become a dictator.

As Mark Twain said, "America has no native criminal class, excepting congress." Still true, it seems.

It is high time that congress be subject to the law, and not remain above it.

Congress forced to eat the poison fruit they helped create via The Patriot Act and National Security Letters.

We the People have had to endure the secret intrusions, and violations; suddenly Congress whines, "Not us." They "gave up"/��?refused to assert��? rights after Sept 2001, and suddenly they realize what they created.

Pass the popcorn.

With joint statements like this, it's no wonder that the public has a lower opinion of Congress than it does of the President. Too bad when these two finally did find something to agree on, it was just to protect their own, and not to do anything that might be construed to be in the public's interest.
The separation of powers argument is pure eyewash.
These two should step up and show some leadership by denouncing the crime, not the investigators.

if hastert and pelosi are outraged at the fbi they will be surprised at the outrage of americans over their claims of immunity of congress in criminal investigations

The congress people have once forgot about checks and balances. The executive branch was serving a warrant given by the judicial branch. Hassert and Pelosi should go back to their highschool civics class to learn how the government works. Jefferson was not balanced and now he is being checked. What congress could of done is performed better ethics investigations and passed tougher laws on lobbyists.

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