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Foley Scandal: Ethics Committee Chastises to No Avail

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Posted on Dec 8, 2006
Doc Hastings

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) heads the Ethics Committee until the Democrats take over.

Having just finished its investigation of the Mark Foley coverup, the House Ethics Committee said lawmakers behaved inappropriately, but that no rules were broken: “In all, a pattern of conduct was exhibited among many individuals to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences of former Representative Foley’s conduct with respect to House pages.”

New York Times:

“Some may have been concerned that raising the issue too aggressively might have risked exposing Rep. Foley’s homosexuality, which could have adversely affected him both personally and politically,” the ethics panel said. “There is some evidence that political considerations played a role in decisions that were made by persons in both parties.”

And the wishes of one former page’s family for privacy could have provided “a convenient justification” to not aggressively investigate Mr. Foley’s activities “for those who were already so inclined,” the committee said.

A four-member subcommittee of the 10-member ethics committee interviewed House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois and dozens of other witnesses to determine whether Republicans were aggressive enough after they first learned of Mr. Foley’s conduct, long before it became public.

“In its review of this matter, the investigative subcommittee was disturbed by the conduct of some of those who dealt with allegations regarding the conduct of former Representative Foley,” the committee said today in its 91-page report.

When confronted with the allegations, some lawmakers tried to shift responsibility, while others took more direct action but declined to probe deeply or follow up to see if their efforts had any “positive results,” the summary said.

“Others tried repeatedly to elevate the matter but encountered obstacles in the chain of command,” according to the summary. “In all, a pattern of conduct was exhibited among many individuals to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences of former Representative Foley’s conduct with respect to House pages.”

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By Bert, December 12, 2006 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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Nevermind page boys, how about the entire GOP gang-banging of our federal budget? LOL No eyebrows going up, there….

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By Druthers, December 10, 2006 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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Who in the prevailing climate of corruption and lying would want any young member of his or her family to work in Congress? 
They all knew, they did nothing, and now there are no sanctions.  The great party of family values. 
They lie, they cheat, they steal, they seduce…and then they get re-elected…love those incummbents.

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By Chris, December 9, 2006 at 4:27 pm Link to this comment
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I agree with Guy Tran. We so need to “protect” the 16 and 17 year old “children” from the likes of Mark Foley. After all, they are all such dyed-in-the-wool, unknowing, helpless innocents…And let’s put Mark Foley on a “national child molestors” list, while we’re at it, right? And let’s make him report to the local police, right? Gotta protect all our local youngsters from him. He might just strike in your neighborhood! I don’t get the reasoning (as if Foley would do anything at this point), but in a way, he deserves it, as he would likely have championed it himself, given his pushing of child abuse legislation, if it had been another colleague, and Foley himself had stayed comfortably in the closet…

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By C Quil, December 9, 2006 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment
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So - because there was no specific rule that said “Thou shalt not pursue in person or cyberstalk underage pages for sexual purposes, whether drunk or sober” then it’s OK?

What about rules of ethical conduct, by which ALL members of congress are supposed to conduct themselves?

That’s like a three-year-old protesting that because Mom told him not to poke the dog with a stick, it’s alright to poke the dog with a fork. These people are suffering from extreme ethical immaturity.

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By Quy Tran, December 9, 2006 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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Mark Foley name should be added on the list of “national child molestors”. He ought to report to the police where does he go so that we can protect our local youngters from the predator.

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By Chaseme, December 9, 2006 at 12:02 am Link to this comment
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Why is this not surprising? What ever happened to Chandra Levy?

And, oh by the way, what is the name of that minister who was doing meth while having sex with a gay prostitute?

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By Audrey Valente, December 8, 2006 at 6:12 pm Link to this comment
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I think the fact that Foley was actively pursuing male pages makes it obvious about his homosexual preferences, so to prevent his homosexuality getting out is absurd.

Dennis Hastert and other republicans that knew about Foley’s actions and didn’t follow up or saying anything are all guilty of putting their own political future as priority over something so apparently immoral and wrong.  The actions of each one not to confront it head on are disgusting! 

No wonder people get sick of the inappropriate actions of our representatives.

The tiny slap on the hand from the Ethics Committee to Foley is insulting to the pages he pursued as well as to the American people they are supposedly representing.

Foley should be in jail like any other person in the same situation.  So should Hastert for not stopping it whem he knew -especially in his leadership role.  Disgusting!

The little slap on the hand to Foley for his actions from the Ethics Committee “Investigation” is even more insulting!!

And the Republicans ran their campaigns to be elected on bringing back good morals to Washington.  What a joke!!!!

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