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  Hastert Accuses Justice Dept. of Intimidation
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Last EditedWesternDem  May 25, 2006 02:17pm
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MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateThursday, May 25, 2006 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHouse Speaker Dennis Hastert accused the Justice Department Thursday of trying to intimidate him in retaliation for criticizing the FBI's weekend raid on a congressman's office, escalating a searing battle between the executive and legislative branches of government.

''This is one of the leaks that come out to try to, you know, intimidate people,'' Hastert said on WGN radio Thursday morning. ''We're just not going to be intimidated on it.''

Asked later Thursday whether he thought he Justice Department retaliated against him with the leak, Hastert replied: ''All I'm saying is, here are the dots. People can connect any dots they want to.''
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