Saturday, October 21, 2006

John Boehner and Jeff Trandahl Testify

House Majority Leader John Boehner is sticking to his story that he informed Dennis Hastert about the Mark Foley email. What makes matters worse is that he told the House Ethics Committee this.

"I made myself clear on the record for the last three weeks, and I told the ethics committee today the same thing that I've told many of you," Boehner, a Republican who has the House's second-highest post, told reporters after his testimony.

Hastert is using the Ronald Reagan defense and says he can't remember any conversations with Boehner about the Foley matter.

Former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl has not talked to the press. If what the inside sources are saying are true then Hastert's office is in big trouble.

A Republican aide close to Trandahl but not directly familiar with his testimony said the longtime House aide was in frequent contact with top Hastert aides, including counsel Ted Van Der Meid and chief of staff Scott Palmer, about the page program. The aide said he was not authorized to be quoted by name.

NPR has a good coverage on Trandahl's testimony.

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