Politics This is Ironic
posted by August 6 at 14:00 PMon
In 1998, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) filed a lawsuit against Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Seattle) for leaking a recording of a cell phone call. In that recording, which came into McDermott’s hands through a rather bizarre series of events, Boehner could be heard talking with other Republicans about how to subvert House ethics rules.
(My story on that whole scandal, and the ensuing lawsuit, which has now been appealed by McDermott to the U.S. Supreme Court, can be found here.)
Today, Boehner was accused of doing some leaking himself — leaking classified national security information that could put the lives of U.S. troops at at risk.
From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which filed the complaint against Boehner:
Boehner has previously expressed strong concerns over illegal leaks for political gain. In discussing a long-running court case regarding an illegally intercepted phone call that Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) released to the media, Rep. Boehner stated:When you break the law in pursuit of a political opponent, you’ve gone too far. Members of Congress have a responsibility not only to obey the laws of the country and the rules of our institution, but also to defend the integrity of those laws and rules when they are violated.
When CREW filed the complaint, Melanie Sloan made this statement:By revealing classified information, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives appears to have compromised national security for partisan political gain. We urge the Justice Department to immediately commence an investigation.