House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is testifying today before the House ethics committee, charged with trying to determine who knew what when in the Mark Foley page scandal. This blog broke the news on Sunday night that Hasterts' staffers and perhaps Hastert himself would be testifying this week.
At issue for Hastert are several questions:
* whether Hastert and his top staffers first learned of Foley's overly friendly interest in House pages in November, 2005 when told of one suggestive e-mail he sent--or previously, as other House Republicans allege.
* whether Hastert et al handled the situation properly back in November by sending in the former House clerk and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) to deal with Foley--or if Hastert et al should have realized there may be more to the situation.
* whether Hastert chief of staff Scott Palmer was told of Foley's interest in pages years ago--as a former Foley chief of staff, Kirk Fordham has asserted. Palmer testified before the panel on Monday. He has denied Fordham's assertions.
* whether House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.) told Hastert of their concerns about Foley. Boehner testifed last week. Reynolds on Tuesday.