Thursday, May 25, 2006

reel big fish

The speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, arguably the 2nd most powerful man in Washington, is officially under investigation by the FBI. From ABC (via TPM):
Federal officials say the Congressional bribery investigation now includes Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, based on information from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.

Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with other tribes.

The other tribes were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff who reportedly has provided details of his dealings with Hastert as part of his plea agreement with the government.

What need I say?

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