A federal appeals court has ruled that the FBI’s May 20, 2006, raid of Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) office in the Rayburn House Office Building violated the Constitution’s Speech or Debate clause because it allowed the executive branch to review materials that were part of the legislative process.The court ruled that Jefferson has a right to demand that the government return those items that he can demonstrate would be covered by the Speech or Debate clause, which protects Members from prosecution for things they say in pursuit of their legislative activity.Jefferson was indicted by the Justice Department in June for allegedly accepting bribes to help a private telecommunications firm obtain government contracts in Africa. The ruling on the search does not invalidate that indictment.— Paul Singer
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.