Gonzales Defends Raid After Bipartisan Criticism:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defended the raid of Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-LA) congressional office after taking heat from both parties over the alleged constitutionality of the action, acccording to the Washington Post. Leaders from both parties expressed outrage over the FBI raid with the Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) stating, “My opinion is that they took the wrong path.” House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) stated his belief the case would wind up at the Supreme Court. There was also criticism of the raid from the Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
Gonzales said, “We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the Department of Justice is doing its job in investigating criminal wrongdoing, and we have an obligation to the American people to pursue the evidence where it exists.”
It is pretty amazing to see the House Republicans defending Jefferson, a Democrat, from the hard-nosed tactics of a Republican President’s Justice Department when you would imagine they would be gloating over the Democrats’ own ethics troubles. I would say that is the real shocking turn of events here.