Boehner wins $1 million in taped call case
House Minority Leader John Boehner, a West Chester Republican, has won a decade-long battle with Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., over an illegally taped call.
A judge has ordered McDermott to pay $1,053,181.40 in attorney’s fees and costs, $40,000 in interest, and more than $60,000 in statutory and punitive damages.
Here is what Boehner had to say today about the case:
"Over the past 10 years, I have consistently said that Members of Congress have a responsibility not only to obey the laws of our country and the rules of our institution, but also to defend the integrity of those laws and rules when they are violated. Congressman McDermott broke the law, and as a result, he shattered the bonds of trust between our institution and the men and women we represent in the halls of Congress. I remained committed to this case in order to begin restoring those bonds, and to uphold the belief that no one – including Members of Congress – is above the law. With this decision, the American people can take comfort in knowing that these important principles have been reaffirmed."