"When asked about a groundswell of discontent among the GOP's conservative base over his handling of the issue, Hastert said in the phone interview: 'I think the base has to realize after a while, who knew about it? Who knew what, when? When the base finds out who's feeding this monster, they're not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by [liberal activist] George Soros.'Shorter Hastert. "This is all the liberals and the liberal media's fault, but the buck stops here. But if the liberals had told me about foley, we could have stopped it."
He went on to suggest that operatives aligned with former President Bill Clinton knew about the allegations and were perhaps behind the disclosures in the closing weeks before the Nov. 7 midterm elections, but he offered no hard proof.
'All I know is what I hear and what I see,' the speaker said. 'I saw Bill Clinton's adviser, Richard Morris, was saying these guys knew about this all along. If somebody had this info, when they had it, we could have dealt with it then.'
'I'm sorry that [the contact between Foley and the pages] happened,' Hastert said. 'Something like this, I take the responsibility. The buck stops where I'm at. When we found out, we dealt with it immediately and the member is gone. . . . We have reached out to experts to make sure that it never happens again.'"