[A note: last two days were no-post days...sorry...various hiccups...not that you were asking!]
It strikes me that it does not help Rep. William Jefferson, one of the CAFTA 15, to continue to be in the news, even if it is ultimately the case that the F.B.I. raid on his Congressional office was an unjust encroachment by the executive branch on the legislative branch. How many more times does Jefferson want the allegations about his conduct to be front-page news?
Here was the recent twist in yesterday's Washington Post:
Congressman Tried to Hide Papers, Justice Dept. Says Court Filing in Response to Jefferson Lawsuit Defends Raid
By Allan Lengel and Charles Babington Washington Post Staff Writers
The Justice Department yesterday vigorously defended the recent weekend raid of Rep. William J. Jefferson's Capitol Hill office as part of a bribery investigation, asserting that the Democratic lawmaker attempted to hide documents from FBI agents while they were searching his New Orleans home last August.
The government questioned in a 34-page motion filed in U.S. District Court here whether it could have obtained all the materials it had sought in a subpoena if it had not launched the surprise raid on Jefferson's congressional office May 20. According to the government filing, an FBI agent caught Jefferson slipping documents into a blue bag in the living room of his New Orleans home during a search.
"It is my belief that when Congressman Jefferson placed documents into the blue bag, he was attempting to conceal documents that were relevant to the investigation," FBI agent Stacey E. Kent of New Orleans stated in an affidavit that was part of the government's court submission. The document was filed in response to Jefferson's lawsuit demanding that the government return to him documents seized during the raid on his Capitol Hill office 11 days ago.
The rest of the article is here.