"Mr. Palmer testified he could not recall having such a discussion with Mr. Foley: 'I just don't remember it, and I think it would have been an awkward conversation'."
"House Majority Leader John Boehner recalled to the panel he and Mr. Hastert spoke about the Foley matter on the House floor and the speaker told him something to the effect of 'it had been taken care of.'
Mr. Hastert professed a foggy memory, testifying: 'I don't remember having that conversation with Boehner on the House floor, and probably the House floor would not be the place to have that conversation.'
Mr. Hastert said he carries 'little note cards' with him at all times, writing down items of importance to remember them later. He had made no notes about the Foley affair, he said."
"The ethics panel said lawmakers failed to protect congressional pages and noted how the Democrats shopped the story of the Foley e-mails to newspapers in the hope of creating a scandal before the elections.
But it recommended no punishment, despite saying several Republicans, including House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and his staff, seemed to have ignored the situation in fear of political consequences or of exposing Mr. Foley's homosexuality." <more>