Hastert Gets Unwanted Attention
In June 2003, Jack Abramoff's Washington restaurant, Signatures, was the site of a fundraiser for Hastert. Several days later, Hastert signed a letter to Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, asking her to reject a request from a tribe for a new casino. Abramoff's client was a tribe with rival interests.
As DeLay's legal peril mounted, Hastert backed him at every turn, attempting to change House rules to allow an indicted leader to stay in power and even altering the leadership of the ethics committee, which had been exposing misconduct by the majority leader....
Then when Earle began an investigation of the fundraising associated with DeLay's campaign to pass the redistricting plan, Hastert became increasingly involved in efforts to protect DeLay -- both out of loyalty and out of deference, former leadership aides said.