Friday, November 17, 2006

From The Corner at NRO:


I have a new piece up on Rep. Alcee Hastings, the impeached-and-convicted former federal judge who now stands to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Did you know that the chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee that in 1988 investigated Hastings and unanimously recommended that he be impeached was none other than Rep. John Conyers, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Judiciary Committee? And that the vote to impeach Hastings in the Democratic-controlled House was 413 to 3? And that Democratic Sens. Harry Reid, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Jay Rockefeller (who will soon chair the Senate Intelligence Committee), Robert Byrd, Max Baucus, Kent Conrad, Daniel Inouye, and Frank Lautenberg were among the 2/3 majority in the Senate who voted to convict Hastings in 1989? As for the actual details of the Hastings case, involving bribes, surreptitious meetings, hastily-made airplane flights, and lots of calls from pay phones — well, they are fascinating.
Posted at 8:53 AM