— From NBC's Ken Strickland and Mike Viqueira
Moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee says House GOP leaders found to have been involved in a cover-up of the actions of former Rep. Mark Foley "should step down." Chafee is one of his party's most vulnerable Senate incumbents on the ballot this year.
At this time, no House Republican has come forth and suggested the same. But there is more daylight between Hastert and top lieutenants over what they reported to him last spring on the Foley matter. Last night, Hastert told NBC in an interview that the first he learned of the Foley e-mails -- any Foley e-mails -- was last Friday, the same day Foley resigned. "I have to say that I don't recall anyone telling me about 'em. I heard about them the same time (as the more salacious e-mails) on Friday afternoon."
Last night in Buffalo, Rep. Tom Reynolds said that when he heard about the e-mails in the spring, he reported it to Hastert. Citing his sexual harassment training, he said, "I was educated to take to the supervisor... the Speaker of the House is my supervisor."
And this morning on local radio at home in Cincinnati, Majority Leader John Boehner reported that he did the same. "I believe I talked to the Speaker and he told me that it had been taken care of."