Hastert denies; ABC stands by its story

Hastert has demanded a “full retraction” from ABC of its report that he is under investigation for ties to erstwhile lobbyist and caged bird singing Jack Abramoff. A spokesperson for the Justice Department has also issued a denial that Hastert is “the subject of a probe.” (Oh, the dire imagery—shiver.)

But ABC is refusing to budge. Their federal law enforcement sources reiterated that “Jack Abramoff has provided information to the FBI about Hastert and a number of other members of Congress that have broadened the scope of the investigation.” Ultimately, the information provided about Hastert’s alleged dirty-dealings may prove unethical but not law unlawful, but, according to one federal official, “Whether they like it or not, members of Congress, including Hastert, are under investigation.”

Drum’s got a good post on how the rules of the game have changed—and Hastert may be in the shit even if he thinks he was just doing business as usual.

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