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


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No wonder he was squealing so loudly

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/05/federal_officia.html

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 high level government sources.

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."

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Put him in the cell between Jefferson and Duke Cunningham, and save a spot for Delay.

Maybe we could do like the old Veterans Stadium and build a cell block under the Capitol Building for these clowns

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Time for a 3rd party.

The ES.com party.

Between all of us here, including the wingnuts on the extemes of each side. We should be able to come up with a plan to run this country....that make sense.

Outlaw teams from Texas from playing professional sports :D

All in favor say "Aye"

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Uhm...

What does this mean for "We the People"?

What happens if the lobbyists expose widespread public corruption of a lot of Congress members?

The way these clowns are acting, maybe it wouldn't be a bad thing

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Republican or Democrat, they are all crooks. I hate it....there is nothing we can do about it. You vote them out and someone else who is crooked takes over. It's disgusting.

If you cut the amount of tax money paid and entitlement programs you would seriously cut down on graft,or at least move it to he state level ;)

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Maybe it is time to keep lobbyist out of Congress completly

a) Can't be done.

and

B) Wouldn't be right.

Let's face it: The difference between "special interest" and "the voice of the people" is whether you agree with what the lobbyist is lobbying for.

That is the difference between, say, the NRA and the ACLU.

Best you can hope for, IMO, to have a "clean" "system" (No, not an enema!) is disclosure, so that the voters can tell who Congressman Lardbutt is working for.

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a) Can't be done.

and

B) Wouldn't be right.

Let's face it: The difference between "special interest" and "the voice of the people" is whether you agree with what the lobbyist is lobbying for.

That is the difference between, say, the NRA and the ACLU.

Best you can hope for, IMO, to have a "clean" "system" (No, not an enema!) is disclosure, so that the voters can tell who Congressman Lardbutt is working for.

I don't like it either but geez, these guys just can't keep their hands out of the cookie jar

OK, how about a "No money, no freebies" rule

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If you cut the amount of tax money paid and entitlement programs you would seriously cut down on graft,or at least move it to he state level

If you took the power of the govt. to collect revenue via income taxes and instead gave the power to produce revenue back to the people... I think you'd stop some of this. Congress couldn't promise money to special interest groups if they don't have the power to raise it via taxes. Fair Tax.... take the power of the govt. out of the hands of the ****roaches.

The FBI says they're not investigating Hastert. Sounds like ABC has taken a page from the CBS handbook.

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