SNAKES ON A PLANE

May 30, 2006 5:09pm

5:07 pm EST

Two weekends ago, the Rayburn House Office Building of Congressman William Jefferson, D-Louisiana, was raided by FBI agents, who were looking for evidence of fraud and bribery.

Today Congress held a hearing.

Into all the allegations of congressional corruption? you ask.

Of course not — into whether this raid constitutes a constitutional crisis over the issue of the separation of powers.

"You know, some people have said, ‘You guys are just defending Jefferson,’" Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said today. "And I agree — if they’re talking about Thomas Jefferson."

The Constitutional kerfuffle being waged (does one wage a kerfuffle?!) over the FBI raid of Wm. Jefferson’s congressional office reached a fever pitch today, as the House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing on the matter called : " "Reckless Justice: Did the Saturday night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?"

All the subtle titling of "Snakes on a Plane."

Squareth off the law professors in our World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson spot this evening:

Turley, of GWU: "That’s the whole principle of the separation of powers — good fences make good neighbors. To put it bluntly, the president did not prove to be a good constitutional neighbor."

Amar, of Yale: "Last time I checked, taking bribes isn’t part of ordinary legislative work. The Constitution doesn’t say explicitly that (Members of Congress) are somehow immune to the ordinary processes of criminal investigation."

What do you think? Over-reach by the Bushies and Federales, or whining by potency-challenged House Members worried about their own pending subpoenas?

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