The raid on Jefferson's congressional office in Washington caused waves of protest [JURIST report] by leaders in the US House of Representatives [official websites] from both political parties who began a constitutional separation of powers debate [JURIST report] over whether the FBI's executive powers can extend to the seizure of legislative documents. The legislators also contend that the Bush administration and Congress have not agreed to guidelines on legitimate searches of members of Congress, including how it should be done, the type of notice required, or the interaction between Congress and law enforcement. The 45-day cooling off period is expected to give the Justice Department and members of Congress time to work out an agreement on what is to be done with the evidence collected during the search of Jefferson's office. The New York Times has more.
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