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ABC’s News of the day on Hastert and Foleygate

All testimony point back to Hastert’s office.  ABC’s “the Blotter” reports this:

The former clerk of the House of Representatives, Jeff Trandahl, who testified for more than four hours before the House Ethics Committee today, is believed to have testified that a top aide to House Speaker Dennis Hastert was informed of “all issues dealing with the page program,” according to a Republican familiar with the investigation.

The Republican source said Trandahl planned to name Ted Van Der Meid, the speaker’s counsel and floor manager, as the person who was briefed on a regular basis about any issue that arose in the page program, including a “problem group of members and staff who spent too much time socializing with pages outside of official duties.” One of whom was Mark Foley.

Trandahl’s testimony before the House Ethics Committee could provide additional evidence that key members of the speaker’s staff were aware of problems involving the page program for years.

Last Week’s testimony:

Last week, Foley’s former chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, testified before the Ethics Committee about his public allegations that the speaker’s chief of staff, Scott Palmer, was told about problems with Foley at least three years ago.

Palmer has said that Fordham’s version of events “never happened.”

Now comes Majority Leader John Boehner’s Testimony:

House Majority Leader John Boehner, who spoke to the House ethics committee in closed session Thursday, said he was not backing down from previous statements in which he said he told House Speaker

It’s looking very bad for Hastert.  I can’t believe he didn’t know about this.  Would his staff keep this from him? And if so, why?  There is no good reason to keep this info from Hastert unless the staff were told to do so by some outside person.  But I don’t believe that.  What do you think?


October 20, 2006 - Posted by | Current News, Scandals

1 Comment »

  1. very insightful read, thankyou.

    Comment by wilbur | February 22, 2007

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