According the NYT:

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, and senior officials and career prosecutors at the Justice Department told associates this week that they were prepared to quit if the White House directed them to relinquish evidence seized in a bitterly disputed search of a House member’s office, government officials said Friday.

Why would congress, Republicans and Democrats, be so upset about the FBI searching the office of a congressman caught taking cash bribes? Perhaps because of the precedent it sets. Some of our esteemed law-makers may have more to hide. MacRanger at MacsMind has long been on Senator Rockefeller’s case as a big-time leaker. MacRanger links to Jack Kelly at Real Clear Politics, who notes:

Investigations into the NSA and “secret prisons” leaks are nearing completion. A senior CIA official has been fired for leaking, and, reportedly, is singing like a canary to avoid prosecution. The FBI knows who’s been talking to journalists, ABC’s Brian Ross said a source told him.

Journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez said on ABC’s “This Week” program Sunday.

If members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been leaking to the press they sure wouldn’t want the FBI going through their offices and interrogating their staff. And it looks like Gonzales has been showing some spine, a rare thing these days.

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