Monday, October 02, 2006

Illinois politicians involved in Foley scandal

'Horny' page scandal: Who knew what?

October 2, 2006

BY JIM RITTER Staff Reporter

U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, on the defensive Sunday for his handling of a congressional page sex scandal, is asking the Justice Department to investigate everyone involved, including himself.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko confirmed Sunday that the FBI is ''conducting an assessment to see if there's been a violation of federal law.''

Former Republican Rep. Mark Foley resigned over revelations he had exchanged "over friendly" e-mails with one congressional page and sexually explicit instant messages with another page. Both pages were teenage boys.

Critics -- including Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Senate's second-highest ranking Democrat -- blasted Hastert and other GOP leaders for failing to protect pages after they learned of the e-mails last year.

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Shimkus says Foley lied to him
Collinsville congressman chairs panel that oversees page program


Published Sunday, October 01, 2006

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, chairs the three-member House board that oversees the high school page program and says he was lied to last year by U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., about an e-mail exchange Foley had with a former male page.

Foley resigned from the House on Friday after news reports revealed that e-mails and instant messages he had sent to current and former pages were sexual in nature.

Steve Tomaszewski, spokesman for Shimkus, said Saturday that Shimkus never saw the wording of e-mails when he asked Foley about them in 2005 because he had been told at that time that the former page's parents "wanted to drop it and did not want to release the e-mails."

"He had nothing on paper and didn't know the extent of the conversations," Tomaszewski said of Shimkus. "There was no indication of ... (the) salacious content of these other e-mails" that have since come to light, he added.

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