…against political opponents.
A federal judge has ordered Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) to pay over $1 million in legal bills incurred by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a long-running battle between the two lawmakers over a leaked 1996 phone call.
The dispute grew out of a illegally recorded December 1996 phone call between House Republican leaders looking to spin an ethics case against then Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). A Florida couple improperly taped the call, and the tape was eventually given to McDermott, then ranking member on the House ethics committee. McDermott leaked the tape to the press in order to demonstrate that Republicans were not abiding by their promise not to interfere with the Gingrich case, but the resulting media uproar led to McDermott’s decision to step down from the ethics panel.
Democrats support wiretapping for political gain, but oppose it in defense of our nation.
That would be the same Jim McDermott who was a guest of Saddam Hussein’s in Baghdad to oppose the American military prior to the war.
And then to further prove what an idiot McDermott is, check out how he spun the million dollar verdict against him:
“This has been a long and costly battle but, in the final analysis, the judgment handed down today in the U.S. District Court is a small price to pay in defense of so fundamental a principle, and freedom, as the First Amendment,” McDermott said. “Because of this protracted legal challenge, the First Amendment is stronger today, and shielded by new case law that will buttress its capacity to protect the publication of truthful information on matters of public importance long into the future. Knowing this, I am proud of my role in defense of the First Amendment.”
No, Baghdad Jim, you weren’t defending the First Amendment, you were trashing it… which is why you’re a million dollars lighter today. Logic like his means we should be thanking Ted Bundy for defending homicide laws.