Sunday, April 08, 2007

Logan Act Gate?!?!

A recent WSJ editorial accuses House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of violations of the Logan Act, when she spoke with Syria's dictator the other day.


1. The Logan act does not prohibit Members of Congress from performing their official duties; Congress is part of the government of the United States and therefore Congress-sanctioned investigations have the "authority of the United States". If Pelosi were off on a frolic, perhaps she would be subject like any other citizen, but her visit was part of her official Congressional duties.

2. Several Republicans went on the same trip and, logically, would be subject to prosecution if Pelosi was. So what's stopping Attorney General Alberto Gonzales from indicting the lot?


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