Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert also sent a letter to the Justice Department requesting an investigation into the six-term congressman's sex with the boys.
Reports say Foley of Florida foley been sending inappropriate messages to pages folye at least The year-old Foley abruptly resigned his seat foley the House Friday after news about the messages broke. The scandal comes only five weeks before pivotal legislative elections. President Bush's Republican Party is in jeopardy of losing control of one or both houses of Congress. House leaders have acknowledged they knew about some of the messages Foley sent to pages inbut say sex were not aware of any sexual content.
Some opposition Democrats are calling for the resignations of all members of Congress sex knew about Foley sending messages and did nothing to stop it. Foley had served as sex co-chairman of a congressional committee set up to protect children from violence and sexual abuse - the Congressional Missing and Sex Children's Caucus.
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Creole voanouvel. Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via Email. Print this page. Related Stories. A budding scandal in the U. Congress and new questions about the war in Iraq have Republicans on the defensive less than five weeks before congressional elections in November. As foley November 7 vote draws near, the battle for control of Congress is intensifying.
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Political Sex Scandal Roils Washington. Majority Republicans in the U. House of Representatives are scrambling to contain the fallout from a scandal involving one of their own, Congressman Mark Foley of Florida, who resigned abruptly last week when it was revealed he sent sexually explicit emails to young boys.
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AMID a growing crisis foley the Republican Party foley the sex messaging scandal involving disgraced Republican Congressman Mark Foley, it has emerged that warnings about Mr Foley's over-friendliness with young staff may have dated back to Mr Foley, who sex being treated for alcoholism, released a statement through his lawyer on Tuesday claiming he was molested by an unnamed clergyman when he was foley teenager in sex s, and admitting he is gay.
He strongly denies ever having sexual contact with a minor. More than a dozen congressional pages - teenage students undertaking internships at the US Congress - have said Sex Foley was known to foley extraordinarily friendly in a way that made some sex them foley, and at least one said he was warned to steer clear of the congressman. None of foley pages interviewed by the US media said they had received a sexual or suggestive overture from him during their time sex Capitol Hill.
But many said his actions made them uneasy but they foley awkward complaining sex anyone about them. Increasingly graphic messages and emails from Mr Foley to pages are being released by the media. One exchange with foldy former page suggested they were having cybersex before Mr Foley went into the House chamber for a sex appropriations vote.
The President, George Bush, said he was appalled that Mr Foley had sent foley messages foleg emails to the teenagers, but defended fokey Republican leader in the House sex Representatives who is also under pressure to resign. Mr Bush said the House Speaker, Dennis Hastert, who has been severely criticised by Democrats and Republicans for not acting a year ago when he was first told about Mr Foley's "too-friendly messages" sex a year-old former page, "will provide whatever leadership he can to law enforcement into the Foley case".
As more graphic messages and emails come to light, the pressure is mounting on the Republican leadership in the House to either offer a credible explanation for their lack of action against Mr Foley or resign. Mr Hastert has denied he was ever told about Mr Foley's actions, telling the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh that the release of the messages and emails last week on the last sitting day of Congress before the mid-term foley was the work of the Democratic Party.
But Mr Hastert is under huge pressure to go, with even the pro-Republican newspaper The Washington Times calling for him to resign sex an editorial, and his colleague, the House Majority Leader, John Boehner, saying it was Mr Floey responsibility to deal with "the Foley problem".
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Now that I had the transcripts, I would drop a note to its reporters: there was far more to the Foley story—he had sexual conversations with my classmates, and I had transcripts to prove it all. We exchanged messages. Please feel free to email me or call me…. Another page at the time… was getting hit upon by Rep. Foley — both during and after the program up until , at least. Regardless, I would like to speak with you about the emails before we report anything. Thursday night, I talked with Maddy on the phone, and walked her through all the information I had, soon sending over several transcripts for her perusal.
The next day, a Friday afternoon, I told my family about the transcripts. I was already with my parents to visit my two younger brothers, who had just started their freshman years at the University of Michigan.
Around 3 p. I dashed into a stairwell for privacy. We went to Congressman Foley's office with the transcripts you gave us. He resigned. You should be proud of yourself! An hour later, the aide called and told her that Foley was going to step down. An hour or so after that, it blew up on the national news. What the hell had I gotten myself into? I felt like I was floating. Until that moment, I had never imagined how huge the story would become.
In , Reps. Gerry Studds and Dan Crane were reprimanded by the House, censured but not expelled, after an investigation found that they had repeatedly had sex with pages over the previous decade. Unlike the Studds and Crane affairs, the conversations that comprised the Foley scandal were never physically consummated. Surely the publicity surrounding this scandal would be similar to its predecessors.
I was wrong. Something made the Foley ordeal different: It was the first electoral political scandal of the digital age, the first one that would have been impossible to expose if not for the Internet.
Digital interactions that seem ephemeral are anything but, and the online and offhand become undeniable written records with swift ease. Just as it has changed everything else in the modern world, digital technology has disrupted the way political scandals unfold.
The full transcripts, which ABC News posted online, Friday, September 29, allowed visitors to read more than just the few lascivious excerpts that TV outlets had already reported.
Teen PM : well i better go finish my hw Except that ABC News missed a spot. In the middle of one transcript, the ABC Web team—and not Maddy, to my knowledge—forgot to black out a screenname. The mistake was online for just a few hours on Friday, but by Wednesday, when the Drudge Report deployed its familiar sirens to report that a right-wing blog had released the identity of the page Drudge himself stopped short of naming him , the damage was already done.
It will probably be that way for the rest of his life. He was my friend and classmate, a lovely person. He seemed destined for big things—the type of guy you could easily imagine as a congressman or senator. But no more. Thanks to a single Web post and the din of the partisan blogosphere, it was all undone. Then I waited for the FBI to arrive. But what consolation is that to him? He and I both have an albatross in this way. That would be a ridiculous thing for them to do politically.
On the evening of October 4, I cold-called the FBI and left a message with the hotline operator explaining who I was, what I knew, and where to contact me. She said they would be in touch.
The next morning, news broke that Joshua, his identity now public knowledge, had hired Stephen Jones. Jones was a high-profile trial attorney, best known for representing Timothy McVeigh during his prosecution for the Oklahoma City bombing. Through mutual friends, I learned that Joshua was searching out whoever gave the transcripts to the media, and wanted to sue for defamation.
That afternoon, my dad called to tell me that FBI agents had paid a visit to our family home, and that they had asked him to tell me to stay in my dorm room until they got to my campus.
After four hours, my cell-phone rang. I offered to let him choose a time to meet, and he suggested 7 a. That morning, I woke up around 5, showered, dressed—how does one dress for an FBI interview? I came to a bland suburban office park. In reality, the office was another cubicle-filled workplace. The Foley scandal is a political disaster for Republicans , I thought.
Is he going to hold that against me? But Agent Vandersteen was profoundly decent and professional. He had the firm, reliable demeanor of a conservative dad whose kids play hockey. His questions were thorough— Who are the people involved?
We spoke for almost three hours. He Xeroxed my page yearbook, gave me his business card, and told me to call him if I ever needed anything or if anything new came up. Over the course of days and weeks , the scandal grew in intensity. The questions veered to who knew what and when. On the day Foley resigned, the House responded by unanimously passing a resolution to investigate the ordeal. The following day, the political fallout began to spread. Republican Rep. Likewise, Rep.
John Shimkus, head of the House Page Board, knew in late , and claimed to have investigated the case, reassured by Foley that the emails were innocent. Hastert has forfeited the confidence of the public and his party, and he cannot preside over the necessary coming investigation, an investigation that must examine his own inept performance. Bay Buchanan, his conservative counterpart on the panel, said he should resign by the end of the day.
Democrats had already stood a good chance at retaking the House, and the Senate was close, but within reach. Now, because of the Foley and Hastert maelstrom, it seemed like a foregone conclusion. On the morning of October 7 , a long-lost page classmate called me on the phone. We chatted for about two hours, catching up on things, and then he turned serious. After the page program, he had stayed in Washington as a summer intern. During this time, he said, a member of Congress who had always been friendly to pages invited him to a party at his apartment.
On the night of the party, my classmate darted through the rain and strode up the steps to the front door. The congressman greeted him and welcomed him inside, taking his wet jacket while he dried off. It was quiet, he noticed. Walking into the living room, he realized why: nobody was there. Unsure what exactly to do, he sat down on the couch. The congressman, he said, sat down next to him.
He scooted down the couch to get a bit more space. The congressman followed, matching him move for move. It was then, he said, that the congressman laid his hand on his inner thigh, groping him.
My classmate claimed to have made up an excuse, stood up and bolted out of the apartment, running out into the rain. As he told me everything, I was repulsed. But I also wondered why he would tell this all to me. Was he simply confiding this news in someone he thought he could trust? Or was he telling me this information because he was a Republican and hoped to find out that I was the source on the Foley story? It was hard to tell.
Not wanting to out myself, I told him that I had family friends who worked at the Post , and if he wanted to talk to them about his story, I could connect them. He declined.
Everyone wanted to know—fellow pages, media sources, Joshua and his lawyer, and a gaggle of hyperpartisan bloggers and their legions of commenters. Shortly after bloggers outed Joshua as the one who had had the conversations with Foley, they turned their hive mind to figuring out who was behind the revelations. Having looked at the roster of the pages who served during our semester, commenters found that only about one in four served the House Democrats.
Clearly, they reasoned, it had to be one of them. I had been active on a page alumni message board online, which was seemingly all the proof they needed that I had been involved. One commenter held forth on a right-wing blog:.
He's been on my radar for a week, and I have a little more on him, that I won't put up here. There is MUCH more to this story, yet to come. Much that Mme. Pelosi et al. It was around this time that I started getting phone calls to my dorm room in the middle of the night. After the second or third call in as many days, I yanked the phone jack from its socket.
I was beginning to get paranoid. As Election Day neared , the pressure was simply becoming to be too much to bear. But less than two minutes after landing at LaGuardia, my phone rang. It was a area code. A team of attorneys with the House Ethics Committee was calling to ask if I would mind answering some questions. They had an ultimatum: You can willingly participate and answer a few questions for us during a phone call later this week, and your identity will stay private.
I chose the former, and agreed to talk to them on the coming Thursday. That night, I watched from Rafael's dorm room as election results came in. Democrats retook the House by a large margin, and the Senate by a smaller one. A day later, I had a phone call with House Ethics committee lawyers. As the call began, I paced around the communal living area outside of Rafael's dorm room.
It suddenly occurred to me that some of these attorneys were out of a job because of the change in control of the House. I answered their questions one by one. The attorneys were polite and professional, asking extensively about how I got the transcripts, why and how I leaked them, the basic facts and timeline of the case. I mentioned the rumor about the other member of Congress—the story my long-lost classmate had told me.
The ruse about the intern party, the empty apartment, the groping. I told them the name of the page who shared this with me, and the name of the member of Congress he spoke about.
After I finished, there was a long pause. Finally, an attorney cleared his throat. Four weeks later, on December 8, , the House Ethics Committee released its page report on the Foley affair, a compelling account detailing those who knew that something was amiss—not necessarily something sexual, but something —with the way Foley interacted with pages.
The report makes note of a late-night incident before , when Foley, drunk, tried to enter the page dorm before being turned away by the U.
Capitol Police officers who guard it. More importantly, the report detailed the political concerns that colored the actions of elected officials who were aware of wrongdoing. The ethics report stated that Rep. Alexander told this to Rep. Boehner claimed that within the hour, he approached Hastert on the House floor and told him about the emails. Increasingly graphic messages and emails from Mr Foley to pages are being released by the media. One exchange with a former page suggested they were having cybersex before Mr Foley went into the House chamber for a defence appropriations vote.
The President, George Bush, said he was appalled that Mr Foley had sent sexual messages and emails to the teenagers, but defended the Republican leader in the House of Representatives who is also under pressure to resign.
Mr Bush said the House Speaker, Dennis Hastert, who has been severely criticised by Democrats and Republicans for not acting a year ago when he was first told about Mr Foley's "too-friendly messages" to a year-old former page, "will provide whatever leadership he can to law enforcement into the Foley case". As more graphic messages and emails come to light, the pressure is mounting on the Republican leadership in the House to either offer a credible explanation for their lack of action against Mr Foley or resign.
Mr Hastert has denied he was ever told about Mr Foley's actions, telling the conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh that the release of the messages and emails last week on the last sitting day of Congress before the mid-term elections was the work of the Democratic Party. But Mr Hastert is under huge pressure to go, with even the pro-Republican newspaper The Washington Times calling for him to resign in an editorial, and his colleague, the House Majority Leader, John Boehner, saying it was Mr Hastert's responsibility to deal with "the Foley problem".
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Here we see Jonah Goldberg at his disingenuous best. Foley, recently resigned Foley Republican Rep. Sex Goldberg equates this revolting mess to the Clinton scandal. It would seem in his universe there are no differences between a something woman with an agenda and a vulnerable, underage in most of the nation anyway boy. Former Rep. Sex of West Palm Beach will not take the Republican Party down because he alone is mentally sick and was plain wrong for doing what he did. He duped a great many folks for many years and deserves sex punishment for his outrageous and immoral behavior.
As a proud Republican, I say he sex everything he has coming to him and more. However, the liberal Democrats are creating much chaos foley division in sex country as of late, and this must stop. Dennis Foley of the inappropriate e-mails more than two years ago. So who is lying here?
Sex have those e-mails and instant messages affected them and their well-being? The conservatives -- the so-called defenders of the family -- are more concerned about saving the career sex Hastert than the well-being of foley pages who may have been harmed by these e-mails and instant messages.
The Republican Party is truly foley a state of denial. The most effective way foley dealing with Hastert is to elect a Democratic House of Representatives, thereby relieving all the sanctimonious hypocrites of further decision-making.
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