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  Hastert to reject resignation calls
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News DateThursday, October 5, 2006 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHouse Speaker Dennis Hastert will take responsibility for the unfolding page sex scandal but insist he will stay on as leader of House Republicans, a House GOP official said Thursday. The ethics committee voted to to investigate improper conduct between lawmakers and teenage pages.

Hastert asserted Wednesday that any Republicans urging his ouster were playing into the hands of Democrats and blamed his problems on the media and Democratic operatives, even suggesting former President Clinton might somehow be involved.

Hastert said "people funded by George Soros," a liberal billionaire who has plowed millions into this and other election campaigns, want to see the scandal blow up. And he warned that when the GOP "base finds out who's feeding this monster, they're not going to be happy."

ABC News, which broke the story last week, has said former Republican-sponsored pages - not Democratic politicians or operatives - were the source of revelations about lurid instant messages, after the network reported flirtatious e-mails from Foley to one page.
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