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Fordham v. Palmer

 A couple of thoughts about that Washington Post story that Byron linked to earlier:

1) This kind of “ongoing investigation” thing doesn’t play well, even when it’s legit. It seems evasive:

Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean declined to directly comment on the second House staff member’s assertion, saying that it is a matter for a House ethics committee investigation. “The Standards Committee has asked that no one discuss this matter because of its ongoing investigation,” Bonjean said.

2) This bit accords with my understanding of Palmer’s state of mind. He genuinely can’t remember it and it’s driving him batty:

On Wednesday night, Palmer was described as highly emotional while aides sifted through e-mails and files to determine whether he had ever spoken to Fordham. Several people who spoke with Palmer said the chief of staff was emphatic in denying that he knew anything about Foley’s questionable contacts with young male pages.

3) This is odd and we’ll probably be hearing more about it:

Trandahl’s departure came within days of his confrontation with Foley over e-mails that the congressman had sent a former page. House aides say the circumstances of Trandahl’s exit were oddly quiet. The departure of a staff member of long standing, especially one as important as the House clerk, is usually marked with considerable fanfare, said Scott Lilly, a former Democratic staff director of the House Appropriations Committee. Debate is suspended in mid-afternoon to accommodate a stream of testimonials from lawmakers.

Trandahl’s departure was marked by a one-minute salute from Shimkus and a brief insert into the Congressional Record.

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