BREAKING: Hastert’s Senior Staff Asked ‘To Intervene’ Three Years Ago


Here’s the AP:

A senior congressional aide said Wednesday that he alerted House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s office two years ago about worrisome conduct by former Rep. Mark Foley with teenage pages.

Kirk Fordham told The Associated Press that when he was told about Foley’s inappropriate behavior toward pages, he had “more than one conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the House of Representatives asking them to intervene.”

The conversations took place long before the e-mail scandal broke, Fordham said, and at least a year earlier than members of the House GOP leadership have acknowledged.

UPDATE: Hastert’s spokesman says Fordham is lying:

Despite claims by senior congressional aide Kirk Fordham that he notified House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s office more than two years ago about possible inappropriate contact between former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and underage congressional pages, the Speaker’s office is insisting it did nothing wrong in its handling of the situation.

“That never happened,” Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean told ABC News about the report.

UPDATE II: CNN has Fordham’s full statement. An excerpt:

Rather than trying to shift the blame on me, those who are employed by these House Leaders should acknowledge what they know about their action or inaction in response to the information they knew about Mr. Foley prior to 2005.

UPDATE III: Newest AP story says Fordham told Hastert’s top staffers three years ago.