Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Jim McDermott's Illegal Wiretapping of Americans

It seems Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott has his own Culture of CorruptionĀ® to deal with before helping clean up the corruption on the Republican side of the aisle (hat tip: RealClearPolitics). The news article reads:

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott violated federal law by turning over an illegally taped telephone call to reporters nearly a decade ago.
In a 2-1 opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that McDermott violated the rights of House Majority Leader John Boehner, who was heard on the 1996 call involving former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The court ordered McDermott to pay Boehner more than $700,000 for leaking the taped conversation. The figure includes $60,000 in damages and more than $600,000 in legal costs.

Tom Bevan of RealClearPolitics goes on to cite a fund-raising letter sent out by McDermott to raise money for his self-inflicted legal fees.

At the same time, Seattle PI columnist Joel Connelly got his hands on a fundraising plea being circulated by Mr. McDermott to help fill the coffers of his legal defense fund. The letter cited Tom DeLay - who has nothing whatsoever to do with the case - and accused the GOP House leadership of "using the courts" to "pursue" him. "We cannot allow Republican leaders to financially destroy a member of Congress who has a proven track record of standing up for endangered democratic values," the McDermott letter said.

I love that quote from Mr. McDermott, "standing up for endangered democratic values". What are endangered Democratic values? Would that be like bill H.R. 163, co-sponsored by McDermott and 13 other Democrats, that would reinstitute mandatory military service with the usual exemptions for their constituents in academia and conscientious objectors? It's not surprising that only one of the co-sponsors, California's Pete Stark, and Rep. John Murtha actually voted for the bill. It would seem those endangered Democrat values became extinct pretty quickly.


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