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The Other Shoe.

And here comes the other shoe:

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's chief of staff confronted then-Rep. Mark Foley about his inappropriate social contact with male pages well before the speaker said aides in his office took any action, a current congressional staff member with personal knowledge of Foley and his behavior with pages said yesterday.

The staff member said Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer, met with the Florida Republican at the Capitol to discuss complaints about Foley's behavior toward pages. The alleged meeting occurred long before Hastert says aides in his office dispatched Rep. John M. Shimkus (R-Ill.) and the clerk of the House in November 2005 to confront Foley about troubling e-mails he had sent to a Louisiana boy.

The staff member's account buttresses the position of Foley's one-time chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, who said earlier this week that he had appealed to Palmer in 2003 or earlier to intervene, after Fordham's own efforts to stop Foley's behavior had failed. Fordham said Foley and Palmer, one of the most powerful figures in the House of Representatives, met within days to discuss the allegations.

Fordham has gone on record with the FBI. Will Palmer? You can go to prison for lying to the FBI and now it seems the Feebs will have corroboration for Fordham's story. If Palmer has been lying to protect Hastert he'll take the Fifth. And if Palmer takes the Fifth it's over for Hastert.

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  1. Blogger reader_iam Says:

    Take this as a comment also on your post just previous to this one.

    Hastert should go. Cal blogged Tuesday that this should be an "easy call" and in comments I agreed with him. I questioned Hastert's reaction from the beginning (a week ago Friday).

    Events are bearing out Cal's "easy call," IMHO. Whether we're talking incompetence or cover-up.

    And you and I are in agreement on this one: Left-wing conspiracy, my ass.

    (Though, if supposedly there are threats to use The List, that's a different thing. It's also a different topic, so I won't go there.)

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