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Hastert doesn't recall learning of Foley's actions last spring
From CNN Ticker Producer Alex Mooney

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert told CNN that he does not recall Rep. Tom Reynolds informing him last spring of former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate emails and messages to a former page.

"I don't recall Reynolds talking to me about that. If he did he brought it in with a whole stack of things," Hastert told CNN's Andrea Koppel. "I think if he would have had that discussion, he would have said it was also resolved, because my understanding now, that it was resolved at that point."

Hastert also addressed criticisms that he only discussed the Foley matter with Rep. John Shimkus, the GOP chair of the House Page Board, and not with the other two board members, Reps. Dale Kildee, D-Michigan, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia.

Kildee and Capito have each issued statements criticizing the GOP leadership for not informing them sooner and for not including them in the decision to establish a hotline for pages to report possible concerns.

"You can second-guess how people do a lot of things. At the time we needed to get something in place right away, so if there was any more information, there was a way people could do this, to bring the information to the front in a very private way," Hastert said.
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