Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert has been sitting on this information for months. Initially he denied that he knew anything about it. On Sunday he has asked the FBI (looking at the video posted below, one must question whether the FBI is the appropriate agency since they have sat on this information for months.) To investigate not only Congressman Foley and also members of a House to see if there is any wrongdoing. Again, the party that is supposed to clean up corruption sure seems to be sweeping it under the rug until the spotlight of the national media shines upon it.
Dan Bartlett is on Face the Nation. He’s using the 9/11 commission as his fig leaf. Dan Bartlett to lawyers so he squirms out of a lot of these questions but the facts remain. Now, he does tell a couple of bold-faced lies. He states that, “at every step of the way the president has given the commanders (in Iraq) what they wanted.” Bob Schieffer does an admirable job.
The anatomy of a scandal. It’s usually unclear, as in this case, exactly how the scandal starts. Then there are allegations that Congressman Mark Foley had sent inappropriate e-mails to some of his pages (male pages). Well, he has just resigned.
This story just keeps growing. Yesterday as Foley was resigning, there was a hint of a story that the Republican leadership in the House knew about Foley sending inappropriate e-mails to this male page for week if not months. It was unclear from what I had read that anything was done about the situation.
From today’s NYT:
Top House Republicans knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, but kept the matter secret and allowed Mr. Foley to remain head of a Congressional caucus on children’s issues, Republican lawmakers said Saturday.
The exchanges began with what Republicans now describe as an “overfriendly” e-mail message from Mr. Foley to the unidentified teenager.
But news reports about the exchanges led to the disclosure of e-mail correspondence with other former pages in which the discussions became more and more sexually explicit. Shortly after he was confronted by ABC News on Friday about the subject, Mr. Foley, who represented a south Florida district, resigned from the House. more