Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Foley Using House Loophole To Withhold Evidence

By Cernig

Time to remind everyone what the "rule of law" means to the Republican leadership - using the law as a club with which to beat justice insensible.
Florida's top police agency said Wednesday its investigation into former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley's lurid Internet communications with teenage boys has been hindered because neither Foley nor the House will let investigators examine his congressional computers.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it hopes to conclude its investigation next week. Foley, a Republican, resigned from Congress on Sept. 29 after being confronted with the computer messages he sent to male teenage pages who had worked on Capitol Hill.

``We have requested to review federally owned computers that Mr. Foley used during his time as a representative, but the U.S. House of Representatives ... cited case law restrictions that prohibited them from releasing those computers,'' said Heather Smith, an FDLE spokeswoman.

Smith said that the House claims the computers are considered congressional work papers, and that only Foley can release them for review.
The Dem House leadership is simply applying the law here - it's a pity Foley sees that as an opportunity to stonewall a police investigation.

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