Tuesday, May 16, 2006

FEDS HEAVY-HANDED? (sub. req.) -- "Some House Republicans are growing uneasy with the increasingly aggressive tactics being employed by the Justice Department in its burgeoning corruption probe of Congress, questioning whether federal investigators have gone too far in their techniques," Roll Call reports (sub. req.). "While Congress has virtually no recourse, some Members said last week that the Justice Department's probe had begun to irk them because of reports of wiretaps, searches on Congressional grounds, open-ended document requests and demands to interview committee aides."

Update -- Prosecutors are encountering resistance:
The United States attorney's office in San Diego has asked for copies of "tens of thousands" of documents from the House Appropriations and Intelligence Committees, the official said, as part of its inquiry into whether Mr. Cunningham illegally influenced the process the committees use to designate money for military projects.

But lawyers for the Republican-controlled House rebuffed the request as unreasonably broad, the official said, and asked the United States attorney's office for a shorter list.