Mark Foley Unlikely to Charged in Page Scandal
The former Florida congressman resigned in 2006 when graphic e-mails and IMs became public.
By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press Writer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. September 18, 2008 (AP)
Two federal officials have told The Associated Press that no charges are expected against former Congressman Mark Foley after a lengthy investigation into his lurid computer messages to underage pages.
They also told AP results of the state investigation will be announced Friday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
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usan Davis reports on Congress.
Two federal law enforcement agents told the Associated Press that former Florida Republican Rep. Mark Foley will not face any charges stemming from a two-year long investigation into his communications with male teenagers in the U.S. House Page program.
Foley resigned from the House in Sept. 2006 after his communications with teenagers through e-mail and AOL’s Instant Messenger were made public. The ensuing scandal and House ethics investigation is widely viewed as a contributing factor to Republicans loss of the majority in the mid-term election as the scandal made national headlines.
The investigation was hampered, in part, because neither Foley nor U.S. House authorities would allow investigators access to his congressional computer, citing the argument that the computer could contain legislative information that is constitutionally privileged.
The investigation has cost the former lawmaker over $1 million in legal bills, which he paid for out of his congressional campaign account–it remains active and still boasts a healthy $1.1 million cash on hand through the end of June.
Lesson: The Elite are above the law. You and I are not.