United States Constitution: Article I § 6 ¶ 1:
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.
So Reps. Hastert and Boehner (I am SO embarrassed that Boehner is from Ohio) are using the above portion of the Constitution of the United States in order to support their position that U.S. Representatives and Senators are ABOVE THE LAW of the land? Talk about cynical misrepresentation!
What this portion of the Constitution CLEARLY says is that members cannot be arrested while in attendance of a session or while traveling to or from said session. They also cannot be prosecuted for their speech while in session. It doesn’t say anything about them being immune from the LAWFUL ORDER of a Federal Judge, nor does it exempt their offices from search, legally authorized, in connection with a CRIMINAL investigation. And to believe that is simply OUTRAGEOUS!
My bet is that both Reps. Hastert and Boehner KNOW this! So why are they trying to sell this load of bull in defense of, of all people, Rep. Jefferson of Louisiana (a Democrat) particularly when the Democrats have been endlessly engaged in an effort to lay the phony “culture of corruption” label on any and all Republicans they can find as part of the never-ending Bush Derangement Syndrome.
I have to admit, I’m quickly reaching the point where I want to say “a pox on both their houses” and “you know what I’m talking about”!