the burden of proof should be on Hastert
more from miguel from the comments:
"I guess we shouldn't get too worried about the fact that the unitemized contributions don't rise in 1997,1998 and 1999 the way we would expect. In fact, I'll throw in something that might, on the surface, seem to weaken our case even further. In the 1994 election cycle, before the Turks ever allegedly began payoffs to Hastert, Hastert's unitemized contributions were much higher than they were in 1997-1999.
But if you take a closer look, just about every Republican in Congress had an unusually high number of unitemized contributions in 1994. This is most likely explained by the wave of Rush Limbaugh anger that led to the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994- and probably led to a lot of lower-income evangelical Republicans writing checks.
So there are other factors besides the "Turks" at play here, and they can easily account for unexpected rises and dips in the unitemized contribution data. On the other side of the 1997-1999 period, Hastert's rise to the role as House Speaker and one of the authors of impeachment could account for the increase in unitemized contributions after the Turks apparently moved to "cash in bag" methods of funnelling money to 'Denny boy'.
Keep this in mind; since Hastert serves as the third in line to the Presidency at the pleasure of the American people, the burden of proof should be on HIM to disprove any doubts the American public may have that he may be under foreign influence since the fact has now been established that wiretaps show that he should at least have been investigated for bribery. There should be no burden of proof on the people's part to prove beyond a reasonable doubt whether or not the Turks on the wiretaps were making "hollow boasts" or were plotting actual bribery schemes.
The fact is that Hastert, if he is as innocent as he claims, has had ample opportunity to disprove the allegations. Yet he has gone out of his way to present information that is incomplete and misleading. His actions are consistent with someone who has something to hide.
That should make all Americans very nervous."
the burden should be on him, indeed.