Staff for Hastert and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) met to discuss ideas today, I'm told, but there's been no movement. The only real change has been that Hastert now seems to blame Pelosi for the delay. Take his comments on Tuesday:
"I asked for Louis Freeh to do it, Nancy Pelosi rejected him for some reason, so we are going to continue to find someone to head up and do an investigation and make sure we can make this page situation much better[.]"
Now that's a neat idea, Democrats likely think -- that Hastert would ask permission from Pelosi before doing something. As a top-ranking Republican in a bitterly divided House, Hastert's style isn't one of all-embracing consensus.
Said Pelosi's press secretary, Jennifer Crider: "[Hastert] called to notify her" of his idea that Freeh give advice on the page program. "He used 'notify' three times." According to Crider, Pelosi's problem wasn't Freeh, it was the focus of the "investigation."
"The problem is complaints were made [and] weren't handled appropriately," Pelosi told the speaker, according to Crider.
Hastert's office has only confirmed that there have been no developments in the investigation -- er, advisory panel -- since he first mentioned it last Thursday.