Via Roll Call (via Hunter):
Chairman of the House Page Board, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) interviewed Foley last year about some of the contacts with the page. The House clerk who is also a member of the Board was also present. Speaker Hastert’s office was informed of the interview, but according to leadership sources who spoke to Roll Call, Hastert himself was not informed..
The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley’s GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of some “contact” between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), and that Hastert assured him “we’re taking care of it.”
So who is lying – Boehner or Hastert? My guess is both of them are lying about it. This is the Republican leadership. Perhaps they should worry about the victims and be truthful so that any other victims can be found and taken care of. That would be putting people before politics – something the Republicans would never do.