A potential central figure in the Mark Foley scandal, Scott Palmer, chief of staff for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and his attorney entered the closed doors of the House ethics committee in the basement of the Capitol near 2 p.m. eastern time on Monday to testify. Hastert is also expected to talk to the investigative panel--and it could be as early as Tuesday.
Palmer's lawyer is Scott L. Fredericksen, a partner with Foley & Lardner who specializes in white collar defense. Palmer has barely been heard from--only to issue a terse statement of denial after former Foley chief of staff Krik Fordham said Palmer and others close to Hastert knew the Florida lawmaker had a problem with pages years before it surfaced in November, 2005.
On Monday evening, Hastert--who dropped his political travel when the Foley sex scandal started at the end of September, will appear at an event in Tennessee's sixth congressional district for Republican David Davis.