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Dirty Democrat files: Supreme Court rejects crazy hypocrite Jim McDermott’s appeal in illegal taping case

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 3, 2007 01:19 PM

Justice long delayed, but justice nonetheless. The Supreme Court has the final word on the case of Seattle Dem Rep. Jim McDermott’s leaking of the contents of an illegally recorded cell phone conversation between former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. John A. Boehner:

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott says he’s disappointed the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to consider his appeal.

He says he believes he had a First Amendment free speech case.

Today’s decision leaves a federal appeals court ruling in place. The court said that McDermott should not have leaked a tape-recorded phone call to newspapers. It recorded Republican leaders in 1996 discussing the ethics case against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The ruling upholds a previous decision ordering McDermott to pay House Minority Leader John Boehner, (BAY’-ner) of Ohio, who was one of the people on the call. The amount is still being determined but it could be more than $700,000.

Time to pay up and shut up.

I received the following statement from Rep. Boehner today:

“As I’ve said many times: 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 our country and the rules of our institution, but also to defend the integrity of those laws and rules when they are violated. That’s why I chose this course of action nearly a decade ago. It was the right fight for the right reasons, and I am pleased to see it reach a successful conclusion today. I want to express my appreciation for the support of my constituents and the many individuals throughout our country who have supported my efforts to ensure justice is done in this matter.”

You may recall that dirty Dem McDermott had the chutzpah to complain about the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program amid his illegal taping scandal.

Most ethical House in history, eh, Nancy?

Previous McDermott/Boehner coverage here.

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