Raid on Congressman's Office Hits Constitutional Nerve

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A new poll out today shows that 86% of the public sides with the Bush Justice Department and the FBI in the raid on a Congressman's office on Capitol Hill. Even though Democrat William Jefferson is accused of taking a bribe, leaders of both parties say the 18-hour raid violated the separation of powers, basing their claim on the so-called "speech and debate clause" of the Constitution. Reasonable legal minds disagree about what that means. Should agents of the executive branch be allowed to rifle through papers related to legislative debate? Can members of Congress hide behind a legal shield other Americans don't have? We hear what the Constitution says and how it's interpreted by both sides.
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Army Corps of Engineers on repairing hurricane protection system before June 1

Thevenot's article on New Orleans, hurricane season

Representative William Jefferson (D-LA)

President Bush on materials recovered from Congressman Jefferson's office

ABC News poll on FBI searches

Kuperman's New York Times op-ed piece on the strategic victimhood of Sudan

Human Rights Watch on Sudan



Warren Olney