Congress can sometim…
Congress can sometimes reasonably investigate itself. Well, Republicans, anyway.

An aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been put on leave during an investigation into how Republicans gained access to Democratic memos concerning opposition to President Bush’s judicial nominees.

Manuel Miranda, who works for the Tennessee Republican on judicial nominations, is on leave pending the outcome of the inquiry by the Senate sergeant-at-arms, Frist spokesman Nick Smith said yesterday. In the matter under investigation, Democratic memos stored on a computer server shared by Judiciary Committee members ended up in Republican hands.

Miranda denies the allegation, but Republicans, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch, are indeed pursuing this.

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