Friday, April 06, 2007

Pelosi & 3 Republicans Commit Felonies

Yes ... I'm still one of a few who are accurately reporting this story. Nancy Pelosi was NOT the only American diplomat to visit Syria. Virginia Republican Frank Wolf, Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts and Alabama Republican Robert Aderholt all visited with Syrian officials the day before Pelosi. Why the liberal media hasn't picked up on the current Republican hypocrisy is beyond me. This is easy shark feed.

Anyway, they all committed a felony, and should face punishment. Of course, they won't because only you and me actually have to answer to the law.

So what makes their trip to Syria a felony?

The Logan Act makes it a felony and provides for a prison sentence of up to three years for any American, "without authority of the United States," to communicate with a foreign government in an effort to influence that government's behavior on any "disputes or controversies with the United States."

The Supreme Court agrees, and has upheld the Logan Act before.

The Supreme Court has spoken clearly on this aspect of the separation of powers. In Marbury v. Madison, Chief Justice John Marshall used the president's authority over the Department of State as an illustration of those "important political powers" that, "being entrusted to the executive, the decision of the executive is conclusive." And in the landmark 1936 Curtiss-Wright case, the Supreme Court reaffirmed: "Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude, and Congress itself is powerless to invade it."

Even though nothing will come from this ... it is nice to point out that they committed a crime.


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