see earlier post (two below) for background.....
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) spent only a few hours before the House ethics panel on Tuesday, telling under oath what he knew when about the Mark Foley page scandal. Deputy chief of staff Mike Stokke is testifying Tuesday afternoon.
Emerging from the committees offices in the basement of the Capitol, Hastert called for a swift completion of the inquiry and said he answered all questions.
He called on the panel to determine ``who knew about the sexually explicit messages and when when they knew about it.''
What Hastert said to the reporters staking out the closed session tracked the written statment just released......
Speaker Hastert Comments on House Ethics Committee Meeting
(Washington, D.C.) Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) today
issued the following remarks following his meeting with the House Ethics
"Since I had requested prompt action by the Committee, I took the
opportunity to thank them for moving expeditiously to look into this matter.
I answered every question they asked fully and to the best of my ability.
"I encouraged them to continue to move forward to get to the bottom of this
including finding out who was aware and when they were aware of the sexually
explicit instant messages that were created three years ago."
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