Hat tip to Sound Politics. Schedefraude is sweet.
While Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and others worry and fret that President Bush is illegally spying on terrorists plotting to kill Americans; one of the stalwart heroes of the opposition has been fined over $700,000 for leaking to media outlets an illegally obtained tape recording of Rep. Boehner[ current House Majority Leader] back in 1996 talking strategy with then House Majority Leader Newt Gingrich.
John and Alice Martin, who used a scanner to intercept and record the conversation, have already plead guilty and each fined $500. In a 2-1 ruling, the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia upheld a 2004 lower court ruling that found Rep. McDermott guilty.
This is something the House Democrats do not need as they vainly try to get on some moral high ground for the 2006 elections. Earlier a staffer working for Sen. Chuck Schumer pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining the credit history of Maryland's Lt. Governor Steele by impersonating him and fraudulently using Steele's Social Security number. For a party that is trying to paint President Bush as this nefarious dark prince listening to everything, all these incidents prove is it is the Democrats who can not be trusted to do the right thing.