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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:11 PM
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Justice Dept. denies Hastert under investigation
Edited on Wed May-24-06 08:09 PM by quaoar
No link yet. This just moved.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday of declaring that it was not investigating House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

The statement by department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos came in response to a broadcast report that Hastert was being investigated as part of a lobbying scandal and amid the furor surrounding the weekend raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La.

Hastert had sharply criticized the raid and called on Justice Department officials to return all the documents that had been seized.

Asked if he was being investigated, Hastert said late Wednesday that he has not received any notice from the Justice Department that hes being investigated as part of the Jack Abramoff probe.

OK, here's a link to the AP story, even though it's from Fox:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,196871,00.html
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Tiggeroshii Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:14 PM
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1. Hmm.. n/t
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:29 PM
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2. Here's the Reuters version
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=top...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.
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Langis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:30 PM
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3. Where is this from? N/T
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:31 PM
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4. The story in the original post
is from the Associated Press.

The second one I posted is from Reuters.
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:58 PM
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11. AP update: Hastert demands retraction
Edited on Wed May-24-06 08:21 PM by quaoar
Hasterts office later issued a statement calling the ABC report absolutely untrue and demanding a full retraction. ABC had no immediate comment.

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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 08:21 PM
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13. Here's a statement from Hastert
http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=66384

WASHINGTON, May 24 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Ron Bonjean, Communications Director for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) issued the following statement regarding the ABC Nightly News story that aired this evening:

"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."
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 08:10 PM
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12. Here's an AP link
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:36 PM
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5. Interesting...no wonder he's so damned concerned about the FBI having
access to Congressional records!
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:40 PM
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6. WTF? nt
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:42 PM
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7. ABC broke the original Hastert story. Interesting connection
The Hastert story was in ABC's Brian Ross blog. Brian Ross also reported in his blog last week that: a government official informed reporters Brian Ross and Richard Esposito that phone records involving the two men were obtained by the federal government.

Interesting.
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neuvocat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:44 PM
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8. Maybe Hastert made them back off somehow.
I wouldn't doubt it a bit. Hastert comes out swinging against Bush, Bush tries to punish him with the FBI. Hastert then says "up yours" and has something to make Bush back down.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:44 PM
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9. LINK
Edited on Wed May-24-06 07:45 PM by mcscajun
Justice Department Denies ABC Report of Hastert Investigation

May 24 (Bloomberg) -- The Justice Department said it isn't investigating U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert in connection with a lobbying scandal.

"Speaker Hastert is not under investigation," said Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos.

The statement was issued tonight in response to an ABC News report that Hastert had come under scrutiny by prosecutors investigating the activities of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Hastert's spokesman, Ron Bonjean, also issued a statement denying the report.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=aiG...
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hiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 07:58 PM
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10. 
Experts are very concerned about raiding the HOUSE.
Randi spoke about this today, it is well worth listening..
I don't care for Hasert and hope that he will be investigated & charged with appropriate crimes.
Rep. Jefferson should also be charged but Bush is trying to change more precedents..
Bad.



The America we know, love and have died for is over.

NOTE: For those who dont understand why a surprise Justice Dept. raid on a Congressional office is a big deal, imagine the Capital Police raiding the White House without the cooperation or knowledge of anyone in the Executive Branch. Theyd be shotor worse.

Even the ultra-conservative CATO Institute is screaming. Their latest report on our slide into Fascism: Power Surge The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush
PDF
http://cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/powersurge_healy_lynch.pd...

Today we connect the dots, for in the recent words of former Nixon White House council John Dean:

A nation that loses control of its check on its commander in chief, is something other than a democracy.



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TheDebbieDee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 08:44 PM
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14. Sounds like the DOJ was trying to flush out a leak.........
I gues they were successful and some poor source will be out on their ASS!
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 08:57 PM
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15. A VERY unusual step.
The Justice Department does not confirm or deny open investigations
as a matter of policy. That makes such a strenuous denial very
interesting indeed. They have something they are not telling
us about.
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-24-06 09:08 PM
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16. I imagine
that they denied any investigation so as not to give hastert the impression that they leaked the story to retaliate against him because he's opposing them over the search of jefferson's office.
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-25-06 12:02 AM
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17. Raw Story says ABC stands by the story
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