Watch this broadcast of tonight's ABC News report on the Foley scandal. Denny Hastert is done as House speaker.
Hastert is through. ABC is reporting that not only did GOP staff know about Foley in 2001-2002, but some people in that class got predatory emails from Foley. And don't forget, the instant message chat from 2003 and the emails from 2005 would never have happened had they dealt with Foley in 2001 when they knew about it.
Take this instant message exchange between Foley and yet another child, AFTER the GOP already knew he was trouble, AFTER the GOP had already warned children to stay away from him.
According to ABC, Foley was talking about the boy's penis.
Denny Hastert and John Boehner, and Alexander and Reynolds and Shimkus all must have known about Foley's behavior long behavior the last kid complained in 2005 - the kid they ignored because Foley told them it was nothing. It is simply not credible that the House leadership knew nothing about Foley's past.
From ABC News (note: this is NOT the transcript from tonight's ABC News report, watch the video above, it's FAR WORSE:
A Republican staff member warned Congressional pages five years ago to watch out for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page.
Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor.
Loraditch, the president of the Page Alumni Association, said the pages were told "don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you and all that kind of stuff."