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Dennis Hastert on foxes who guard chicken coops.

Published October 2, 2006 10:08PM (EDT)

House Speaker Dennis Hastert used to understand the dangers of letting people investigate their own. In 1998, when Attorney General Janet Reno was resisting calls to appoint an independent counsel to investigate allegations of fundraising abuses involving Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, Hastert said: "It's the recalcitrance of this administration, the Department of Justice, not to name an independent counsel, to let the fox in the chicken coop make the decision on who's guilty, who's not guilty, what's going to -- information is going to flow out -- what information is not going to flow out. And -- I'll tell you -- representing the American people -- most people are just a little bit sick of this."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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