The Washington Monthly : DELAY TO ABRAMOFF TO LIVINGSTON.... A DC TRIPLE PLAY?.... Via Josh, New York Post gossip maven Cindy Adams sez: "Jack Abramoff's partner Mike Scanlon admitted to digging up former Congressman Robert Livingston's private life. Set to become speaker, Livingston then got sidelined for Tom DeLay's man Denis Hastert. Prosecutors now checking if Abramoff and Scanlon took Livingston down at DeLay's behest." Like Josh, I also say "Hmmm."
Livingston was not the only Speaker of the House in DeLay's way in 1998. Newt Gingrich was axed earlier--because, we believe, his then-ongoing extra-marital affair with the third-Mrs.-Gingrich-to-be was inconsistent with the rectitude required of Republicans pushing for the impeachment of William jefferson Clinton.
Was Clinton really the target of Tom DeLay, Ken Starr, and the other Republicans pushing for impeachment in 1998? Or were the real targets Gingrich and Livingston? Who can tell us about the secret history of 1998?