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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Rep. McDermott GUILTY, but wait, there's more!

A federal appeals court ruled that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago.
xxx In a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a lower court ruling that McDermott violated the rights of House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who was heard on the 1996 call involving former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA).
xxx McDermott leaked to The New York Times and other news organizations a tape of a 1996 cell phone call. The call included discussions by Gingrich and other House GOP leaders about a House ethics committee investigation of Gingrich.
xxx Lawyers for 18 news organizations _ including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post all filed a brief backing McDermott.
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Interestingly enough, McDermott is also a part of 17 U.S. Representatives calling for President Bush's impeachment. The US House bill, H. Res 635, would create a Select Committee to investigate the grounds for impeaching President Bush over the issue of domestic wiretapping in late December 2005. xxx However, H. Res. 635, deals with impeaching Bush over a cluster of issues from misleading the public to go to war, to authorizing torture. Wiretapping was not listed as one of the reasons to investigate the grounds for Bush’s impeachment in the bill because the existence of the secret, illegal wiretapping had not come to light yet when the bill was being prepared.
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Some members of Congress appear to see firmer grounds for impeaching Bush over his controversial authorization of illegal wiretapping on Americans, than for the reasons cited in H. Res. 635. Mr. McDermott would support impeachment over wiretapping, obtained for national security purposes, while being found guilty for using illegally intercepted conversations of Republicans, for political reasons.
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Source: Breitbart

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