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FBI's Raid on Jefferson's Office: The Shot Heard 'Round the Hill

Intentionally or not, the FBI's raid could be read by other lawmakers to mean: if you don't willingly comply, we'll come take what we need. In that sense, the raid wasn't just a hit on Jefferson, it was also a warning shot across the bow of all those facing scrutiny: you could be next.

In that context, it's a little easier to understand the sudden comity between the parties: they have a vested interest in making sure the Jefferson raid -- which was the first ever FBI raid of Congressional offices, many members quickly pointed out -- is the only such raid of Congressional offices. If they aren't protecting their own skin, then they're protecting their parties' health, which take a hit every time Justice treats one of their members like a criminal.