Friday Data Dump

Rumor has it that the House Ethics Committee will release it’s report on former Rep. Mark Foley late today.

UPDATE:Partial whitewash.

The House ethics committee has concluded that Republican leaders did not break any rules in handling ex-Rep. Mark Foley’s improper advances to former male pages but were negligent in protecting the teenagers, a congressional aide said Friday.


“The Republicans did not break rules but were negligent in protecting the pages,” the aide said.


The committee has heard from dozens of witnesses, and was presented with several conflicts over when [Denyy the Meatpuppet] Hastert and his staff learned of Foley’s conduct.

Hastert’s aides could have learned of Foley’s inappropriate e-mails as early as 2002 and as late as 2005, depending on who is recounting the events.

Hastert said his aides first learned in 2005 of questionable e-mails between Foley and a former page from Louisiana. Foley’s former top aide said he told Hastert’s chief of staff about the Florida lawmaker in 2002 or 2003.

Also, Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the House Republican campaign chief Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., said they told Hastert about Foley’s inappropriate behavior last spring. Hastert said he could not recall those conversations, and did not learn of Foley’s conduct until late September when the whole matter became public.

4 thoughts on “Friday Data Dump

  1. CNN and MSNBC say press conference (or announcement or something) at 2 PM eastern, 11 AM pacific.

  2. I wonder what the re-investigation conducted by the other party, next term, will turn up?

  3. I hate that “ethics” has come to represent a minimal bar – as long as you can leap over the wagon rut, you are ethical.
    Admittedly, I have a background in the area, but the idea of ethics isn’t to serve as a minimal bar (although it does do this at times). Instead, ethics also is a guide to choosing the best.

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