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  DOJ: Hastert is not under investigation
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Last EditedSC Moose  May 25, 2006 08:44am
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News DateThursday, May 25, 2006 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Department of Justice issued a statement clarifying that Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is not under investigation Wednesday evening after ABC World News Tonight reported that he was "very much in the mix" of the DOJ’s sweeping congressional bribery probe.

"Speaker Hastert is not under investigation by the Justice Department," DOJ Director of Public Affairs Tasia Scolinos said in a one-line statement.

The DOJ started releasing the statement in response to reporters’ questions around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The ABC News story, which was picked up by the Drudge Report in the early evening, claimed that Hastert was under investigation by the FBI, "which is seeking to determine his role in an ongoing public corruption probe into members of Congress," according to the story. The story first cited "high-level government sources," but later changed the sourcing on its web story to "senior U.S. law enforcement officials."
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