Thursday, May 25, 2006

Another non-denial denial?

Stalwart reader esoder has developed an appropriately skeptical eye, and pointed me to an interesting aspect of the Hastert/DOJ kerfluffle. Look closely at this ABC News: Hastert, DOJ Denials Follow ABC News Report

Ron Bonjean, communications director for Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., issued the following statement regarding the ABC "World News Tonight" story that aired this evening:

"The ABC News report is absolutely untrue. As confirmed by the Justice Department, 'Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department.' We are demanding a full retraction of the ABC News story. The Speaker's earlier statement issued today accurately reflects the facts regarding this matter."

The Department of Justice issed the following statement regarding the ABC "World News Tonight" story that aired this evening:

"Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department."

As esoder points out, these statements seem carefully parsed. What they do not say is that Hastert is not under investigation period. Is it possible that an investigation could be run by somebody else? I don't know the answer to that question, but it is a damned good question, given the negative pregnant denials.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Someone Protecting Denny?

http://thenexthurrah.typepad.com/the_next_hurrah/2006/05/is_someone_prot.html

Is anyone else having a Deep Throat tingle? Because I sure am. So let me review what we know.

A federal law enforcement officer, who may or may not be the same guy who met in person with Ross to tell him to get a new cell phone because his phone records were being tracked, tells Ross that Abramoff has squealed about the bribe Denny took to write a letter opposing an Indian casino that would have competed with one of Abramoff's client's casinos. Ross reports that. DOJ denies Denny's a target. Ross reiterates his story. DOJ denies Denny's "in the mix" (must be a former wrestling coach term for "pigs at the trough").

If my logic serves me and the sources are all telling the truth, it would suggest federal investigators know about the bribe Denny took, but they're not investigating it. Is that what this friendly federal law enforcement officer is trying to tell us? Because, like I said, I'm having a Deep Throat tingle.

4:11 AM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Deep Throat tingel - is that what that is? I thought it was just seasonal allergies.

Thaks for the plug Mr. BM. And wasn't that picture just a hoot?

Spending some time in the middle of America (Chicago and Indy) over the last couple of weeks has given me a little hope. People seem to be waking up a bit.

3:03 PM  

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