Investigative mag Mother Jones scores
a lengthy chat with questionable evangelist and Dennis Hastert confidante K.A. Paul, winning new details of his meeting yesterday
with the embattled speaker of the House.
It turns out Paul's meeting was for 7 a.m., but he showed up a half-hour late, says MoJo
The two men withdrew into a private room where, Paul says, he launched into a sermon about what Hastert should do. Paul told Mother Jones that he cited politicians whose reputations suffered when they resisted stepping down: Donald Rumsfeld, Tom DeLay, Bill Clinton. âI said âIf you donât do that, the Republicans will lose control of the Congress, you will no longer be Speaker in 30 days, and at the same time they will all blame you because of Foley scandal. You want that for you? You want that to be your life legacy after accomplish so many good things?â So thatâs what convinced him.â
âGod gave me this position that I donât deserve,â Paul says Hastert told him. âFor the good of the people, I will do it.â
The Chicago Sun-Times
Hastert was "duped" into meeting with Paul. Hastert's office maintains he is not stepping down.
Bonus: Paul tells MoJo
he knew al-Qaedaâs Abu Musab al-Zarqawi âwhen he was nobody.â Dubbed
the "spiritual adviser to the scum of the Earth," Paul says he has counseled such men as Saddam Hussein, Muammar al-Khaddafi, Slobodan Milosevic, Liberia's Charles Taylor, and former House majority leader Tom DeLay