03 October 2006

Latest Tidbit on Foleygate

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which recently released its list of Congress's most corrupt members) was a guest on C-SPAN this morning.

It turns out that a concerned congressional staffer who knew about Foley's emails sent them to CREW months ago. According to Sloan, CREW deliberated what action to take and whether to make the emails public. They decided that the best course of action was to inform the FBI and ask for an investigation into the matter.

Sloan says that happened in July, but to her knowledge no action was ever taken by the FBI. She says that in addition to the investigation of Foley and the GOP leadership, the matter of why the FBI didn't do anything should also be investigated. She has written to the DOJ and asked them to look into how the FBI handled the matter.

For perspective on the Foley scandal, I think Legal Fiction gets it right:

But putting all that aside, what’s most damning about the Foley controversy is that it perfectly captures in one quick and easy metaphor everything that’s wrong with the modern GOP. Foley symbolizes what happens when you cast aside any concern for policy or public well-being for political power. In this sense, the Foley controversy shouldn’t be seen in isolation, but should be understood as a manifestation of the same forces that brought us Iraq, Katrina, torture, and the Medicare bill debacle.

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