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TPM Reader AL makes a good point about Hastert’s letter to the Attorney General:

Hastert still maintains the focus on just one of Foley’s emails:

“As I am sure you are aware, there are two different and distinct communications at issue here. First, Mr. Foley sent an email to a former page of Representative Alexander in the fall of 2005. This email was determined to be “over friendly” by Representative Alexander’s office but was not sexual in nature.”

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Hastert separates what he still maintains is one “overfriendly” email and the “investigation” of it from the existence of the explicit IMs. On the face of it, that is defensible. There has not yet been any evidence that he or anyone in Congress knew of those IMs. We’ll see how far that lasts.

But his request for an investigation is directed SOLELY at those “sexually explicit communications,” and who knew of them, when, and what they did.

“Therefore, I also request that the Department undertake an investigation into who had specific knowledge of the content of any sexually explicit communications between Mr. Foley and any former or current House pages and what actions such individuals took, if any, to provide them to law enforcement. I request that the scope of your investigation include any and all individuals who may have been aware of this matter-be they Members of Congress, employees of the House of Representatives, or anyone outside the Congress.”

That has NOTHING TO DO with how the Leadership dealt with the emails from Foley to the Page from Louisiana.

Just more of the same obfuscation and deception. For them, this is not about the pages. It’s about winning. They will do anything to win.

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