A federal appeals court on Friday barred the Justice Department from reviewing evidence seized from a Louisiana congressman’s office during an unprecedented FBI raid on his Capitol Hill office in May.
A three-judge panel ordered a federal trial judge to ensure that Democratic Rep. William Jefferson be given copies of seized evidence contained on more than a dozen computer hard drives, several floppy disks and two boxes of paper documents.
The panel said Jefferson then must be given the opportunity to invoke legislative privilege claims in private with the trial judge.
A reprieve for Rep. Jefferson. Let’s hope it’s only temporary.
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