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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:25 AM
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WP: Hastert Aides Interest Ethics Panel
Hastert Aides Interest Ethics Panel
Staff Members' Knowledge of Foley's Actions With Former Pages in Question
By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 12, 2006; Page A06

With House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert denying personal knowledge of former representative Mark Foley's activities, investigators for the House ethics committee are bearing down on three senior members of Hastert's staff to determine when they learned of Foley's actions and whether they passed on their knowledge to the speaker.

The three -- chief of staff Scott Palmer, deputy chief of staff Mike Stokke and counsel Ted Van Der Meid -- have formed a palace guard around Hastert (R-Ill.) for years, attaining great degrees of power and unusual autonomy to deal with matters of politics, policy and House operations. They are also remarkably close. Palmer and Stokke have been with Hastert for decades. They live together in a Capitol Hill townhouse and commute back to Illinois on weekends.

It is that relationship that has made investigators so interested in their knowledge of Foley's contacts with teenage male congressional pages, especially allegations that his chief of staff personally appealed to Palmer in 2003 to confront the Florida Republican. Foley resigned Sept. 29 when news reports indicated he had sent electronic messages to a former page.

"It would be very hard to believe if Palmer knew that kind of detail, he wouldn't have acted upon it, and it's hard to imagine Scott Palmer would have spared the speaker that knowledge," said one former Republican leadership aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing his lobbying contacts.

Within Hastert's operation, some staff members appear to point accusingly at Van Der Meid, who is in charge of ethics matters and is widely believed to have steered Hastert wrong before....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Lautremont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:35 AM
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1. I think these guys are witches or something.
They sound like a coven. Possibly they're robots. What they don't sound like is very normal humans.
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eviltwin2525 Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:44 AM
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3. As a witch, I strongly protest that!
(Not kidding!)
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Lautremont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:47 AM
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6. Apologies! I meant more like fake-o movie witches.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:00 AM
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4. I think these guys are Republicans or something.
They suck every drop of power and money out of government that they can get away with.

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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:44 AM
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2. Damn this all sounds so feudal in nature.... nt
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 02:23 AM
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5. " They are also remarkably close. "
:spray:
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 10:42 AM
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7. They live together in a Capitol Hill townhouse
I think in several of their base (red) states there are laws against unmarried people living together..I wonder what those folks think of this cozy situation?
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hvn_nbr_2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:40 PM
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9. If Hastert, his chief-of-staff, and deputy chief-of-staff are, well, ...
ya know, an "item," would that make it a walrus trois?
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 12:06 AM
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11. It's disgusting
Men living together as close companions. It's not natural. I mean - God did not create Denny and whomever but Adam and Eve. And who wears the pinny?
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carzen Donating Member (112 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 01:30 PM
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8. see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
This whole thing is just ridiculus. These clowns are going down.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 06:48 PM
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10. WHEN DOES ROVE GET HIS SUBPOENA??? n/t
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