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Pelosi leads House to pass resolution requesting immediate ethics probe over Foley

Published: Friday September 29, 2006

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The US House of Representatives has approved a resolution strongly suggesting that the House Ethics Committee begin an immediate probe into Congress' conduct regarding the behavior of resigned Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), Roll Call is reporting. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered the resolution, which was passed 410-0 in a late Friday session.

Foley resigned from Congress earlier today after inappropriate and potentially illegal contacts with an underaged male page were revealed.

Writers John Bresnahan and Susan Davis at Roll Call also indicate that Foley was "interviewed about some of those contact by the chairman of the House Page Board and the Clerk of the House last year."

As for the ethics probe, the Committee has ten days to report its findings to the House, per the article.

Excerpts from the subscription-only article follow...


Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who chairs the page board, and Clerk Karen Haas, who administers the program met, with Foley in 2005 after learning of Foley’s e-mail exchange with the former page by Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.). Shimkus released a detailed statement Friday night.

According to a senior House GOP leadership aide, Speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-Ill.) office was informed of the interview shortly after it occurred, but Hastert himself was not told.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who chairs the page board, ... released a detailed statement Friday night.

"Congressman Foley told the Clerk and me that he was simply acting as a mentor to this former House Page and that nothing inappropriate had occurred. Nevertheless, we ordered Congressman Foley to cease all contact with this former House Page to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. We also advised him to be especially mindful of his conduct with respect to current and former House Pages, and he assured us he would do so. I received no subsequent complaints about his behavior nor was I ever made aware of any additional emails.

"It has become clear to me today, based on information I only now have learned, that Congressman Foley was not honest about his conduct."


Note: RAW STORY originally reported that the Pelosi bill ordered an Ethics Committee probe. In fact, the bill compels (rather than orders) the Committee to begin a probe at once; it is up to the Committee itself to determine whether such a probe will actually be conducted. The RAW STORY article has been amended to reflect this, and we regret the error.