Senate rules prohibit mentioning or alluding to any confidential or classified information when debating an issue on the Senate floor. According to Standing Rule of the Senate 29, Section 5, any senator who does so "shall be liable ... to suffer expulsion from the body." Senator Reid apparently violated that rule in referring to an FBI report on Judge Harry Saad, a nominee to the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway. He's one of those nominees," the Democratic senator stated. "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 there is a problem there." ...
Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Family Research Council, says Reid's remarks show "blatant disregard" for the confidentiality of the Senate and "misuse" of privileged FBI information. "Senator Reid made uncorroborated and ambiguous claims to smear the reputation of Judge Saad," Perkins says in a press release. "[Reid] is clearly using desperate tactics in his effort to continue his unprecedented use of the filibuster against well-qualified judicial nominees."
Manuel Miranda of the National Coalition to End Judicial Filibusters was outraged at Reid's action. "The one nominee singled out for this sort of humiliation and embarrassment is the first Arab-American ever nominated to the appellate court," he notes. "It is shocking to me -- so much so that I couldn't type yesterday in anger."
Miranda echoes those sentiments. "He should be censured by his colleagues. He should be," he says. "The penalty for talking about a classified, confidential matter like he did, in the Senate rules, is expulsion. That is how seriously the Senate has ... taken this matter [in the past]."
Miranda should know. He lost his job working for the Senate when he allegedly made public some Democratic memos that called for the filibusters of nominees simply because they were Latinos, black women, and pro-life Christians.
As this Kos diary points out, Miranda doesn't apologize for his behavior:
How about a new feature? Maybe "Ten Commandment Tuesday" that list prominent right wingers and which commandments they have violated.
Sounds like a great project for you. If nothing else, you'd learn the commandments in a hurry.
You said you wanted to post more on the weekends, how about Seven Deadly Sins Saturday? Sloth and gluttony are more fun to write about than a list of "thou shalt nots".
Another faboo idea. I like features.<< Home