In the middle of the night, The FBI raided the Rayburn House Office Building suite of Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana under the pretext of investigating bribery. The search was conducted for 18 hours and no attorney was allowed on premise.
"The American people should be..concerned that a decision to conduct a raid on Congress was made..inside the Justice Department and the FBI," Bob Walker,R-Pennsylvania. A rare joint statement protested the raid as a violation of Separation of Power.
James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, a loyal White House ally, made a speech titled: "Reckless Justice: Did the Saturday Night Raid of Congress Trample the Constitution?" Bush issued orders that seized materials be sealed for 45 days.