Hastert calls for federal

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Hastert calls for federal criminal investigation of Rep. Mark Foley . . . developing

Update: Does calling for an investigation after one is already underway count for anything?

Late Update: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had already called this afternoon for immediate action by the House Ethics Committee. By calling for criminal investigation, does Hastert hope to keep the genie in the bottle through Election Day?

Later update: Haven’t seen the letter yet, but here’s a key part, according to AP:

The scope of the investigation, Hastert wrote, should 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.”

“Anyone outside of Congress”? That seems like a pretty direct reference to Jeff Trandahl, the Clerk of the House at the time who helped with the “investigation” of Foley, the one no one told the Democrats about.

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