But, that's no excuse to be a shithead yourself.
Several days ago, as the clock started ticking ever faster for New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez to face federal corruption charges, a couple of his aides were hauled in front of a grand jury.
Where they refused to testify.
On what grounds? Not the Fifth Amendment, since they (at least right now) aren't facing charges themselves.
No, they called into play the "speech and debate clause" of the body of the Constitution, which reads as follows:
Just one SMALLLLLL problem.
The paragraph mentions "Senators and Representatives."
It does NOT mention the hired help.
A federal district court read that clearly, and they appealed. For some reason, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't read the Constitution the same way, and has ordered a hearing. It had better see things the same way as the district court, or else, Members of Congress will treat their aides like Hillary Clinton treats private email servers.
The Constitution is pretty clear. Yeah, Congressmen didn't have a bunch of aides 200-plus years ago. But there was a sergeant at arms and other officials from the start. If the Founders had wanted this to extend to Congressional staff, they could have put that in the Constitution.
Meanwhile, that first link has an interesting side note, and that is that the Menendez investigation could expand to include Minority Leader Harry Reid. Reid was good as Majority Leader and so far as Minority Leader; he's not afraid to play hardball with the GOP.
That said, he's long struck me as no higher than the midpoint in ethical rankings of Senators.
Folks, including any tea partiers who read me, this is why you have to stop voting for Democrats AND Republicans. It's why you have to vote YOUR rascal out of office.