The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the conduct of former representative Mark Foley to see if he broke Federal law in his conduct. Said inquiry should also examine who knew what when if there were violations of Federal law.
WASHINGTON – Theis examining former Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)'s e-mail exchanges with teenagers to determine if they violated federal law, an agency spokesman said Sunday.
FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the FBI is "conducting an assessment to see if there's been a violation of federal law." He had no further comment.
House Speakerrequested Sunday that the Justice Department conduct an investigation into Foley's electronic messages to teenage boys — a lurid scandal that has put House Republicans in political peril.
"As Speaker of the House, I hereby request that theconduct an investigation of Mr. Foley's conduct with current and former House pages to determine to what extent any of his actions violated federal law," Hastert, R-Ill., wrote in a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress also called Sunday for a criminal probe. White House counselor Dan Bartlett called the allegations against Foley shocking, but saidhadn't learned of Foley's inappropriate e-mails to a 16-year-old boy and instant messages to other boys before the news broke last week.
If the law was violated, I fully expect the FBI will also pursue who knew anything about this and when they knew it. If it turns out anyone, from either party, suppressed information that caused children to remain at risk for political purposes, I expect those individuals to be charged with a crime. There are some people that should rightfully be very nervous right now.
UPDATE: The Washington Post has a very thorough article up about this now.