Stepping away for a minute from the on-going allegations of corruption in Connecticut, a federal judge has ruled that the FBI's raid on Representative William Jefferson's (D-La.) congressional office did not violate the Speech and Debate Clause.
See here (And yes, I have purposefully linked to FOX News for all of you to enjoy).
In the opinion, Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan stated: "Congress' capacity to function effectively is not threatened by permitting congressional offices to be searched pursuant to validly issued search warrants," said Hogan, who had approved the FBI's request to conduct the overnight search of Jefferson's office."
I have not read the complete opinion yet, but I do find this comment troubling because of the potentially sensitive information that a congressman/woman or senator may have in their possession. I'm looking forward to seeing if Judge Hogan's opinion addresses this issue.
Source, FOX News website, Judge Rules FBI Raid on Rep. Jefferson's Office Was Legal, July 10, 2006