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    Congressman Doggett,

    I write today to make a difficult request of you.

    Recently it came to light that Representative Heather Wilson of New Mexico had committed a specious act by calling a U.S. attorney to inquire about the status of some particular sealed indictments.

    It has been noted that Rep. Wilson’s call to Mr. Iglesias violates chapter 7 of the House ethics manual, which prohibits members from contacting executive or agency officials regarding the merits of matters under their formal consideration. House rules also state that if a member wants to affect the outcome of a matter in litigation, the member can file a brief with the court, make a floor statement, or insert a statement into the Congressional Record. Directly calling officials to influence an ongoing enforcement matter is not an option. 

    House rules also state that a member may not claim he or she was merely requesting “background information” or a “status report” because the House has recognized that such requests “may in effect be an indirect or subtle effort to influence the substantive outcome of the proceedings.”

    I've also discovered that in the House of Representatives, unlike the Senate, a complaint does not automatically trigger a preliminary investigation. For that to happen, a member of the House has to file a referral. And, because of an ongoing ethics truce between the parties, that is exceedingly rare.

    Because of this, and in light of Rep. Wilson's belated admission that she, indeed, did commit the violation in question, I would like to request that you file a referral of complaint against the New Mexico congresswoman.

    I understand that, for the sake of collegiality and maintaining a degree of civility in House activities, this may be a difficult request to fulfill. But for too long, officials have been able to circumvent the democratic processes of our government by applying political pressure to public servants that serve no political party, but rather the people of the nation.

    I hope that you will give my request due consideration, and I thank you for your extraordinary service to your constituents.


    Thanks to those I borrowed from for the front-end contributions to my letter.

    "Hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding up both puppets!" -Bill Hicks

    by Tismo70 on Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 07:08:16 AM PST

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