Friday, May 13, 2005

Reid cites FBI file on judicial pick [HUGE no-no]

Minority Leader Harry Reid strayed from his prepared remarks on the Senate floor yesterday and promised to continue opposing one of President Bush's judicial nominees based on "a problem" he said is in the nominee's "confidential report from the FBI."

Those highly confidential reports are filed on all judicial nominees, and severe sanctions apply to anyone who discloses their contents. Less clear is whether a senator could face sanctions for characterizing the content of such files.

"Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway," Mr. Reid said on the floor yesterday, about the Michigan Appeals Court judge who is nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

"All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree that there is a problem there," Mr. Reid continued.

Republican staff members and supporters of Mr. Bush's nominees were outraged.

"Can you think of a better way to trash someone's reputation?" Sean Rushton of the conservative Committee for Justice asked after seeing a transcript of the remarks. "Say that there is bad stuff from an FBI investigation in a file somewhere and leave that hanging. This is character assassination of the lowest order and completely improper."

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Reid just stepped in it. This is a big no-no. Not only were they not supposed to announce that Senators had access to FBI files, but how does one come back after being maligned like this.

The moonbats will take Reid statements that there is something in his FBI file that, in Reid's words, would cause the public to "agree that there is a problem there".

It's like saying "I can't tell you what it is, but if you saw it you'd want this man flayed alive in public and dip into a vat of lemon juice. Now I can't tell you what he did, that's wrong, I can only tell you that it's really really really bad and you have to take my word on it."


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UPDATE:

Just heard on Laura Ingraham that the ONLY people that can view these files are those on the JUDICARY COMMITTEE.

Guess what.........REID is NOT on that committee!!!!