Wow, can you say “desperation”? He’s like a cornered rat, showing his teeth and trying to gouge anybody who comes anywhere near him.
Dennis Hastert is accusing the FBI of deliberately leaking the story that ABC news ran with earlier today. He’s also threatening to sue ABC News for defamation. Lucky for him, he’s got a friend in Bush, who sealed the records the FBI seized from William Jefferson’s office for 45 days:
President George W. Bush on Thursday ordered records seized from Louisiana Democratic Rep. William Jefferson’s office to be sealed for 45 days in order to work out a dispute over the documents with the U.S. Congress.
Leaders of the House of Representatives are outraged that the FBI seized a computer hard drive and two boxes of papers from Jefferson’s office. They contend the search violated the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.
In a statement, Bush said he was taking the unusual step of directing the Justice Department to seal all the materials recovered from Jefferson’s office last weekend for the next 45 days.
That is unusual. That gives Hastert and Jefferson 45 days to get ready for the shit that is about to go down. You know, this morning I wasn’t sure how deep Hastert was in this mess, but from his reaction it’s starting to look like he’s neck deep in this shit. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, however, since he was probably chosen by Tom DeLay for his post as Speaker of the House.
Keep an eye on Hastert as this story progresses. Who knows where it will lead.