Thursday, October 05, 2006

Hastert Not Resigning

Speaking outside his regional congressional office in Illinois, House Speaker Dennis Hastert repeated the points of his news release distributed earlier today which announced a page tip hotline.

Asked whether he would resign, Hastert said he would win his congressional district and run for Speaker again in the new Congress, before abruptly cutting short his press conference.

Hastert disputed claims that he and his staff had been alerted to Foley's behavior three years ago.

Hastert was rumored to have been waiting to talk with President Bush before beginning his conference, which started almost two hours late. Although Roll Call speculated that he would announce an independent investigation headed by Louis Freeh, no such announcement was forthcoming.

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