Hoyer Statement on Search of Congressional Office

For Immediate Release:

May 22, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement tonight regarding the search of a Congressional office by the FBI Saturday night:

"No Member of Congress is above the law, and I believe the Justice Department, as well as the House Ethics Committee, must vigorously pursue their investigations into allegations regarding Rep. Jefferson's activities.

"At the same time, I have grave concerns regarding the very serious constitutional issues raised by the FBI's Saturday night search of Rep. Jefferson's Congressional office.

"I plan to examine those issues carefully and discuss them with other Congressional leaders and determine what action, if any, is appropriate."