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  Hastert: GOP Could Not Have Done More to Probe Foley's E-mails With Teen
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DescriptionHastert said his top aides and Rep. John Shimkus, a fellow Illinois Republican overseeing the page program, acted appropriately by trying to resolve the matter as an internal GOP problem rather than mounting a more formal investigation that would have involved Democrats.

With their party having been left out of that discussion, Democrats criticized Hastert and other Republicans, referring at times to the GOP handling of the affair as a cover-up intended to protect their congressional power. The scandal, breaking just five weeks before the November elections, put Republicans on the defensive on an unexpected front.

Hastert said he does not recall being told last spring by Rep. Tom Reynolds, the House GOP campaign chairman, about the questionable e-mail, but he doesn't dispute Reynolds' account.

"I don't think I went wrong at all," Reynolds said at a Monday evening news conference in his western New York district, surrounding himself with about 30 children and about as many parents. "I don't know what else I could have done."
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