One certainty in ethics probe: No punishment for Foley

The House's investigation of a page sex scandal has only one certainty: Former Rep. Read more
No_Replublicans

United States

#1 Oct 7, 2006
No punishment....No Republicans..
Max

United States

#2 Oct 7, 2006
I would strongly recommend that this investigation attempt to list every person, in and out of Congress, and every organization, including the media, that had any information about Foley's misdeeds, what that information was, and when they received or knew it. No investigation that seeks to assess liability and penalty would be fair and objective without this information.
PEPE LA PEW

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 Oct 7, 2006
I smell something!
Capitol Nill

Pompano Beach, FL

#4 Oct 7, 2006
Maybe they'll all resign.
maddawg

Pompano Beach, FL

#5 Oct 7, 2006
NO PUNISHMENT! WOW!!!! THEY SHOULD PUT ALL THE CROOKS IN JAIL. HASTURT AND TEAM WINS AGAIN! THIS IS A CRIME AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!WHEN YOUR IN CONGRESS AND YOU DUE WRONG THIS PROVES YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH!!!
SINCE FOLEY WAS FROM FLORIDA, DUE YOU THINK THE FDLE CAN DO ANYTHING OR IS BEING A CHILD PREDATOR IN FLORDIA NOT A CRIME EITHER!!
No dirty trick

Miami, FL

#6 Oct 7, 2006
This isn't some dirty trick by Hastert. Even if Nancy Pelosi was in charge, Mark Foley couldn't be punished by the House.

The House Ethics committee can only punish people in Congress for violating House rules -- They can't just punish anyone for anything. And at this point, Mark Foley isn't a Congressman. End of story.

BUT, Federal and State law violations are all still on the table.

Again, I'm disgusted that this paper leads off with an eye-catching title that gets half-informed people all worked up to see a conspiracy where it doesn't exist.
MR Realist

United States

#7 Oct 7, 2006
LOL @ No Dirty Trick

If you think a conspiracy doesn't exist or at least collusion - I'll sell you my ice berg down here in Miami for a dirt cheap price. Since you are an "informed" reader, I'll give it to you for a cool $1 Million!
Max

United States

#8 Oct 7, 2006
maddawg wrote:
NO PUNISHMENT! WOW!!!! THEY SHOULD PUT ALL THE CROOKS IN JAIL. HASTURT AND TEAM WINS AGAIN! THIS IS A CRIME AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!WHEN YOUR IN CONGRESS AND YOU DUE WRONG THIS PROVES YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH!!!
SINCE FOLEY WAS FROM FLORIDA, DUE YOU THINK THE FDLE CAN DO ANYTHING OR IS BEING A CHILD PREDATOR IN FLORDIA NOT A CRIME EITHER!!
Maddawg, there is difference betweeen punishment from the House, for a House member, and "punishment" if any laws have been broken. Foley's punishment from the House has already been levied. He resigned, and its a more than reasonable bet he will never be elected again. His political career is over. In political terms, that's the "death penalty". What more do you want?

The legal system has yet to decide if he broke any laws.
Sam Miller

Toronto, Canada

#9 Oct 7, 2006
No dirty trick wrote:
This isn't some dirty trick by Hastert. Even if Nancy Pelosi was in charge, Mark Foley couldn't be punished by the House.
The House Ethics committee can only punish people in Congress for violating House rules -- They can't just punish anyone for anything. And at this point, Mark Foley isn't a Congressman. End of story.
BUT, Federal and State law violations are all still on the table.
Again, I'm disgusted that this paper leads off with an eye-catching title that gets half-informed people all worked up to see a conspiracy where it doesn't exist.
Right on target!
No dirty trick

Miami, FL

#10 Oct 7, 2006
MR Realist wrote:
LOL @ No Dirty Trick
If you think a conspiracy doesn't exist or at least collusion - I'll sell you my ice berg down here in Miami for a dirt cheap price. Since you are an "informed" reader, I'll give it to you for a cool $1 Million!
I stand by my statement that the House Ethics committee's inability to punish Mark Foley is not because of conspiracy or collusion, but rather because he's no longer subject to their jurisdiction.

Yes, maybe there was a cover-up for the past few years. But once Foley resigned his seat, the House of Representatives had no more authority over him, so there wouldn't even be a NEED for a conspiracy to protect him from the Ethics Committee sanctions.

The FACT that House rules give them no power to punish a former Congressman is not proof of any conspiracy.

Anyone who doesn't understand that is not a fully informed reader.
Sam Miller

Toronto, Canada

#12 Oct 7, 2006
Dear Mr Trick,

Thanks for the great posts.

If you waste your time by talking
to the people who don't listen
to the things that you are saying
who do you think's gonna hear?

And if you should die explaining how
the things that they complain about
are things they could be changing
who do you think's gonna care?

K. Kristofferson

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