Top Rethuglican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert under investigation

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  1. justbill_redux

    justbill_redux King Missile

    and yet ABC stands by their story


    The widening FBI investigation of congressional corruption is being fueled by two convicted Washington insiders, who federal officials and defense lawyers say are telling the FBI "anything they want to know."

    Convicted Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham has begun serving his seven-year sentence and is now known as inmate #94405-198.

    Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has yet to be sentenced, is known as inmate #27593-112. The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists his current location as "in transit."

    Both men pleaded guilty to corruption charges earlier this year and agreed to cooperate in the government's ongoing investigation of congressional bribery and influence peddling.

    Cunningham, currently being evaluated at the federal medical facility in Butner, NC,
    "is cooperating fully," according to his lawyer, K. Lee Blalack, of O'Melveny & Myers. Cunningham is suffering from prostate and skin cancer, according to Blalack.

    Blalack says Cunningham has also provided extensive documents to the House Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own investigation of Cunningham's activities when he was on the committee.

    Cunningham's bribes were described by prosecutors as the largest in the history of the United States Congress.

    His information deals primarily with the defense contractors from whom he has admitted accepting bribes, according to people familiar with the investigation.

    As for Abramoff, federal law enforcement officials say he has spent "hours and hours" with FBI agents detailing his relationships with dozens of members of Congress.

    "What we're going to do now is figure out if what Jack told us is the case," said one official.

    Federal law enforcement sources told ABC News Wednesday that Abramoff has been questioned about his relationship with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

    "He is very much in the mix," a federal law enforcement official told ABC News about Hastert. The official said Hastert is not considered a formal "subject" or "target" at this time.

    Since our report, the Justice Department has twice denied that Hastert is under investigation or "in the mix."

    Speaker Hastert called the ABC News report "totally untrue."
  2. oddfellow4870


    Isn't Washington fun (and a waste of ink) ?

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is probing corruption in Congress, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

    Hastert accuses DOJ of intimidation

    By Susan Crabtree

    Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) accused Department of Justice officials of leaking a story that he is under investigation in retaliation for his outspoken comments criticizing an FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson's (D-La.) office over the weekend.

    "This is one of the leaks that come out to try to, you know, intimidate people," Hastert said on WGN radio Thursday morning. "We're just not going to be intimidated on it."
    Yesterday evening, ABC World News Tonight reported that Hastert was "very much in the mix" of the DOJ's sweeping congressional bribery probe.

    In response, the DOJ issued a statement clarifying that Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is not under investigation, a rare denial of a media report just roughly an hour after it had been reported.

    "Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department," DOJ Director of Public Affairs Tasia Scolinos said in a one-line statement.
  3. oddfellow4870


    OOOops ... looks like left wing news GOT IT WRONG

    WASHINGTON, May 24, 2006 — Ron Bonjean, communications director for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., issued the following statement regarding the ABC "World News Tonight" 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."

    The Department of Justice issed the following statement regarding the ABC "World News Tonight" story that aired this evening:

    "Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department."
  4. oddfellow4870


    Left wing news .... Right wing news ......,2933,196871,00.html

    The Justice Department has taken the unusual step of declaring that it was not investigating House Speaker Dennis Hastert, reported by the ABC network.

    The Justice Department twice denied ABC News reports that Hastert was under FBI investigation to determine any role he might have played in a public corruption probe centered around convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Hastert said he has not received any notice from the department that he was being investigated.
  5. justbill_redux

    justbill_redux King Missile

    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.
    Federal officials say the information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.

    Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with other tribes.

    The other tribes were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff who reportedly has provided details of his dealings with Hastert as part of his plea agreement with the government.

    The letter was written shortly after a fund-raiser for Hastert at a restaurant owned by Abramoff. Abramoff and his clients contributed more than $26,000 at the time.

    The day Abramoff was indicted, Hastert denied any unlawful connection and said he would donate to charity any campaign contribution he had received from Abramoff and his clients.

    A spokesman for Speaker Hastert told ABC News, "We are not aware of this. The Speaker has a long history and a well-documented record of opposing Indian Reservation shopping for casino gaming purposes."

    This week, Hastert has been outspoken in his criticism of the FBI for its raid on the office of another congressman under investigation, Democrat William Jefferson of Louisiana.

    "My opinion is that they took the wrong path, Hastert said of the FBI. "They need to back up, and we need to go from there."

    ABC News' Rhonda Schwartz and Richard Esposito contributed to this report.


    No wonder he was so pissed at the FBI when they raided Jefferson’s congressional office