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Hastert: Ah, that explains it, or maybe not
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Anyone left wondering why Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was so upset about the FBI raid on Rep. Jefferson's office need wonder no more:
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is seeking to determine his role in an ongoing public corruption probe into members of Congress, ABC News has learned from senior U.S. law enforcement officials.
Well, I can hear the music beginning to ramp up. Is there such a thing as the "Frog March"?

UPDATE: DoJ says story untrue:
The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday denied a report that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI in connection with a corruption probe.

ABC News, citing high level Justice Department sources, said information implicating Hastert had been developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.

But department officials, who asked to not be identified, said the story was not accurate and that Hastert was not under investigation. "The story is wrong. Hastert is not under investigation," one official said.
So has ABC joined in getting a little ahead of the news cycle?

ABC is sticking by its story (sound familiar?):
Despite a flat denial from the Department of Justice, federal law enforcement sources tonight said ABC News accurately reported that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is "in the mix" in the FBI investigation of corruption in Congress.

Speaker Hastert said tonight the story was "absolutely untrue" and has demanded ABC News retract its story.

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff has provided information to the FBI about Hastert and a number of other members of Congress that have broadened the scope of the investigation. Sources would not divulge details of the Abramoff’s information.

"You guys wrote the story very carefully but they are not reading it very carefully," a senior official said.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

At the very least I smell the aroma of an anti-incumbency push by the electorate.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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As I understand it the JD says it is not investigating. Which means it still could be a constitutional thing. MSM out of control once again??
Written By: coaster
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NRO says that DoJ denies the story...Personally I KNOW that Hastert IS guilty. This Particular maybe untrue in it’s particulars, BUT this sort of thing is going on EVERY DAY in DC, all in Jack Abramhoff’s name! We all are DANNY HASTERTS now!

McQ you and ABC got a little ahead of the News Cycle on this one.
Written By: Joe
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Joe ... the FBI always refuses comment on active investigations.

Me? I just bring to you what others are saying ... don’t forget, you saw the story here first.
Written By: McQ

Statement from the department of Justice WASHINGTON, D.C. "Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department."
Written By: Joe
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Joe ... read the update.
Written By: McQ
From Instapundit:
STILL MORE: Krista Cole emails the following statement from Dennis Hastert’s office: "The ABC News report is absolutely untrue. As confirmed by the Justice Department, ’Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department.’ We are demanding a full retraction of the ABC News story. The Speaker’s earlier statement issued today accurately reflects the facts regarding this matter."

Written By: Joe
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Frog march him great loss
Written By: shark
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Joe ... once more, read the update.
Written By: McQ
Sorry McQ... just thought I’d respond to your first comment about "no comment"...knew I’d seen it twice somewhere. Didn’t think you’d update so soon.
Written By: Joe
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Quick like the bunny.
Written By: McQ
Has ABC ever been in the news cycle. All i’ve ever saw from them indicates they are in the ’rumor’ cycle and have been there since the 60’s. I have to check 10 sources before i believe the first word of an ABC story, because 99% turn out to be stories, not news.
Written By: Scrapiron
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Who knows what is true. Wasn’t Ross one of the journalists whose calls were being monitored by the government?

OTOH, the Department of Justice is a huge organization. So too the FBI. There are two possibllties here: (A) Ross has particular sources who know about a particular investigation; or (B) Reuters has sources that know about all investigations - and the absence of any and all investigations.

Choice A seems more likely. But who knows.

Delay is resinging due to his problems. Is it really so hard to believe that Hastert has similar problems? Cf. Nixon and Agnew.

Written By: mkultra
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...don’t forget, you saw the story here first.


There are other possiblities. C) This was another red-herring story (if we ever confirm the earlier ones were such) intended to flush out leakers - this time from the Justice Dept. D) intentionally falsely spread to add another "fact" to the reality-based faction. "Hastert is being investigated, and therefore the Republican ’Culture of Corruption’ TM is for real!!!!!"
Written By: equitus
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Ready this. Apparently this is a "breaking story" from almost 5 months ago. Only they left out a bunch of information this time.
Written By: Chris
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The more I see of this Hastert story, the fishier it smells....
"You guys wrote the story very carefully but they are not reading it very carefully," a senior official said
Yeah, I guess you have to write carefully to avoid libel.
Written By: shark
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