Hastert Slammed by Conservatives, Says He’ll Cooperate With Justice:


The Associated Press reports that Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will put the tussle between Congress and the Justice Department over the raid of Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-LA) congressional office "in the past" and work to "set up guidelines for the FBI to review materials it seized from a lawmaker’s office and any other searches of Congress’ offices." This occured after Hastert took direct criticism from conservatives in his party over his reaction over the raid of a Democrat’s office. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh called Hastert "politically tone-deaf" and former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) stated, "Only thing I can figure is that Denny got up one morning and said, ‘Our approval with the public is at 27 percent — how can I drive that down further?’"