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More Hastert on Rush

This is not going to cut it:

Speaker Hastert: There’s two sets of e-mails first of all — or text messages I guess what they are — and one set or bunch of them were done in 2003. We never knew about it. Someone else held those all the way from 2003 until now. The next set was — the other one was — something that the family asked Representative Alexander to look into. He contacted the counsel in our office. Our counsel put him to the page board. The page board confronted Foley, and this was Katrina message that said, basically, “How did you get through the hurricane? Are you okay?” But the parents wanted him… We did know what the text of that message was because the parents held it and they didn’t want it revealed, but we stopped it. We went to Foley; told him to stand down, “Don’t do this.” We asked if there was any sex or explicit language in this message. There was not, and we thought we had the thing revolved. On the other hand, we’re trying to do better. As I said, since I’ve been speaker we’ve taken the pages out of a dilapidated building; put them in a safe building, given them 24-hour supervision, put more people in the page building so that they have contacts. They have people who look over them and work with them all the time. They are under, basically, 24-hour supervision while they’re in Washington. This happened when the pages left Washington — and, you know, we’re in the same situation with parents all over America in trying to make sure our kids are safe, and we want to work to make sure all this text messages messaging stuff and computer stuff is safe, too.

RUSH: Mr. Speaker, I’m hearing a lot of people — I’m in Florida, and of course there’s a lot of press talk about this and individuals including in Washington — who are saying, “Well, we’ve known for a long time of Mr. Foley’s sexual orientation.” When the first set of e-mails hit and the red flags of alarm went up, was there any hesitation on the part of the Republican leadership to not deal with this in public at that point because of his sexual orientation and not to appear to be gay bashing?

SPEAKER HASTERT: No. First of all, what we knew is exactly what I told you. The parents contacted us. They wanted someplace to go to because they didn’t want this contact to go on, and what we knew about it was that Foley contacted this kid through e-mail and asked him how he got through the hurricane, the Katrina hurricane. He was from New Orleans, I guess. The other part of it was, well, we didn’t know anything else other than what they told us. We went to Foley, confronted him. He said he wouldn’t do it anymore. He was sorry. He was just trying to talk to the kid — he liked the kid, nice kid — and he wouldn’t do it anymore. We told him not to do it anymore there or to anybody. Period.

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