WASHINGTON (AP) -- House leaders of both parties stood in rare election-year unanimity Wednesday demanding the FBI surrender documents it took and remove agents involved in the weekend raid of a congressman's office.
"The Justice Department must immediately return the papers it unconstitutionally seized," House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
The leaders said that the congressman, William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat, should then cooperate with the investigation.
Earlier, Hastert had said any FBI agents involved "ought to be frozen out of that (case) just for the sake of the constitutional aspects of it."
Both parties have protested the Saturday night search of Jefferson's office on Capitol Hill, which they said violated the Constitution's separation of powers doctrine.
Separation of powers? Someone with a bit more legal background than I have please explain to me how the investigation of a corrupt congressman is a violation of the separation of powers? Can anyone explain that to me?
Kick the bums out. Kick all of the worthless, feckless, corrupt, power-hungry, money-grubbing, spineless, incompetant bums out. Get rid of them all. And then let's start over. But I have a feeling that until we rid ourselves of the parasites currently infesting Capitol Hill, none of the problems facing this country will be dealt with in a satisfactory manner.