Many of us remember Senator Harry Reid going off on the floor of the Senate and stating 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes in ten years without as much as a yellow sticky of evidence to back it up. To this day, Reid has no regrets, in fact he’s proud of the fact his lie may have helped cost Romney the election.
Jump to 2016 and add Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to the list of originality-challenged, politically-dishonest….
According to the Constitution, a congressman and/or senator can say ANYTHING they want about ANYONE on the floor and can’t be held in any way liable in any body outside of that building.
The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.
— United States Constitution (Article I, Section 6, Clause 1)
Seriously, those who sanctimoniously pontificate about honesty and integrity can say anything they want about anyone, almost anytime they want without fear of legal repercussion. Must be nice….
Harry Reid put his foot in his mouth before regarding Rush Limbaugh and the gleefully repeated “phony soldiers” lie prompted by Media Matters. Reid was proven wrong and didn’t have to apologize. We’ll see how many more times Warren and Reid can slander private citizens, candidates or not, because this won’t be the last time.
It doesn’t have to be.