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You know how Majority House Speaker Dennis Hastert was all up in the Justice Department’s grill about that FBI raid… calling it unconstitutional and all that jazz? Well it turns out he wasn’t just looking out for his fellow Congressional brethren, he was trying to shield his own ass according to ABC News:
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.
But what’s interesting is that the Justice Department totally denies it (yo, what’s up ABC… leave the making shit up schtick to bloggers):
The Justice Department denied a news report Wednesday that it was investigating House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
The statement by department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos came in response to a report by ABC News that Hastert was under investigation by the FBI to determine his role in a public corruption probe centered around convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
But hey… you still have to wonder how that $100,000 from Abramoff is going to play out, considering it’s easy to see through the veneer and point out the potential ethics issues swirling beneath:
Between 2001 and 2004, Hastert collected more than $100,000 in donations from Abramoff’s firm and tribal clients. He also had used Abramoff’s restaurant to hold fundraisers.
Either way, it seems Hastert is protesting just a little too loudly for someone who’s completely innocent (hint:).