House Opening Formal Investigation into Foley Case

The House Ethics Committee moved to open a formal investigation into the case of former Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL), which it says should take "weeks, not months."

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This time last week Republicans were finally gaining momentum as elections approached. One week later, the dominant political message in Washington can be found on a hotline seeking tips.

(Soundbite of hotline recording)

Unidentified Woman: If you have information regarding former Congressman Mark Foley and his contacts or communications with any current or former House pages…

INSKEEP: Congress set up this line for anyone wishing to report concerns.

Unidentified Woman: …please leave your information at the tone.

INSKEEP: As of this morning, one congressman is gone, the Republican leadership is under fire and the Speaker of the House has had to publicly declare that he would not step down.

Yesterday, the House Ethics Committee moved to open a formal investigation, which it says should take weeks, not months. It has approved four dozen subpoenas. And of course, the election is one week closer.

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