This afternoon on MSNBC, controversial evangelist K.A. Paul announced that Speaker Dennis Hastert promised him on Tuesday that “he would resign with one week.”
Paul met with Hastert on Tuesday for more than thirty minutes, during which time Paul says he asked Hastert to resign. Hastert’s spokesman described it as a “cordial discussion,” but claimed that Hastert had been “duped” into the meeting.
Also on MSNBC, Paul said: “I know almost all the major Republican political leaders in this country, spent hundreds of hours talking to them, counseling them, in the past 10 years. They have travelled with me extensively — Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Tom DeLay, Dick Armey.” He added, “I have been a big supporter of President Bush. I have prayed with him before. He got on his knees.”
More on Paul at TPM Muckraker.
UPDATE: Read more about Paul’s shady dealings on Mother Jones.
Q: What can you tell us about the conversation you had with Speaker Hastert?
PAUL: It’s a privileged conversation, as I said to the Associated Press reporter, but we had a very clear, detailed discussion for about 30-some minutes, and then five, six minutes we prayed together. He was very humble, very honest, very very sincere man. And he did clearly commit to me after the prayer, five, six minutes, that he going to announce that in one week, he will be stepping down for the good of the people, for his own future and his image.
Q: Speaker Hastert told you he was going to resign? Because that contradicts everything we have heard from him, from his office, and from other Republican leaders.
PAUL: You know, they even contradicted — look at Chicago Sun-Times says, “Hastert Security Breach.” That is ridiculous. If Hastert and President Bush cannot protect their own homes, how can they protect American people. You know, a lot of lies are going on. And Dennis Hastert never said — all he said is, it’s a privileged discussion.
Q: As long as you bring up the Sun-Times and lies, the Chicago Sun-Times is also reporting that Hastert was “duped” into a meeting with you. He thought he was meeting with a political supporter. Is that true? Was he misled?
PAUL: Ma’am, I am so sorry to say — I know almost all the major Republican political leaders in this country, spent hundreds of hours talking to them, counseling them, in the past 10 years. They have travelled with me extensively — Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, Tom DeLay, Dick Armey. My board members are Nelson Banker Hampton and other wonderful Republican leaders. I have been a big supporter of President Bush. I have prayed with him before. He got on his knees. I have seen so many Republicans. All are wonderful people.