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Hastert Under Investigation by FBI
    #5669657 - 05/24/06 06:19 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

The heat is being turned up now. In Chicago, there is talk that the feds are coming after Mayor Daley soon. I don't know who started this huge corruption initiative, but I like it.

"Officials: Hastert "In the Mix" of Congressional Bribery Investigation"

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.

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Re: Hastert Under Investigation by FBI [Re: Catalysis]
    #5669722 - 05/24/06 06:36 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)


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Re: Hastert Under Investigation by FBI [Re: Phred]
    #5670256 - 05/24/06 09:00 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Well, if he's not under investigation I suppose it's about time to start one.

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Re: Hastert Under Investigation by FBI [Re: Redstorm]
    #5670286 - 05/24/06 09:07 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

At this stage, I would love to clear house!

“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”

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Re: Hastert Under Investigation by FBI [Re: SirTripAlot]
    #5670302 - 05/24/06 09:12 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

What is going on here?

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