The Mark Foley Scandal
October 19, 2006 Former House Clerk Jeff Trandahl, who oversaw the congressional page program until late last year, testifies for more than four hours before a special House ethics panel looking into the Mark Foley scandal. The House panel also heard from House Majority Leader John Boehner.
October 10, 2006 It now appears there have been three Mark Foley landmines waiting to explode beneath the feet of congressional Republicans. The first two have detonated. But the third remains untouched: the fact that quite a few of the people who are essential to running the House are gay, and many of them are keeping it a secret.
October 10, 2006 Rep. Jim Kolbe confirms a Washington Post report that in 2000 or 2001, his staff notified House leaders of inappropriate contact between Rep. Mark Foley and underage pages. Meanwhile, a former page's lawyer acknowledges his client has been interviewed by the FBI.
October 6, 2006 Months ago, several major media outlets learned about troubling e-mails Rep. Mark Foley had sent to former pages — but they didn't feel they had enough information to go public with the story. Brian Ross of ABC News got the same information back in August — but he found a way to crack the scandal wide open.
October 5, 2006 House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he takes responsibility for the scandal stemming from resigned Rep. Mark Foley's communications with a former congressional page. But he said he has no intention of resigning as speaker, vowing to seek another term after the November elections.
October 5, 2006 The former head of the House Ethics Committee says a special counsel or independent task force may be the most appropriate way to investigate Congress's handling of the Mark Foley scandal. Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) says the move is needed to help dispel the perception that members of Congress were involved in a cover-up.
October 5, 2006 How are gay Republicans reacting to the unfolding saga of former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL)? Patrick Sammon, executive vice president of Log Cabin Republicans — a group that advocates within the GOP for gay and lesbian rights — talks with Madeleine Brand.
October 5, 2006 As the surreal scandal spawned by former Rep. Mark Foley's interest in former pages rounds out its first week, the man in the crosshairs is no longer Foley but House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He's become a political target in the criticial weeks before the midterm elections.
October 4, 2006 The editorial page of The Washington Times, a small but influential newspaper among conservatives, on Tuesday called for the resignation of Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert over his failure to report inappropriate communications between an underage House page and former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL).