Democratic Leadership Knew About Foley E-mails
Brian Ross reports that, “The House Ethics Committee Report includes new information that top Democrats were also aware in 2005 of Mark Foley’s inappropriate e-mails to congressional pages at about the same time as outgoing Speaker Dennis Hastert’s office was informed.”
I’m not sure what to make of that, really. The presumption was always that Hastert and company chose to cover up the scandal for political reasons. The only way politics could explain the Democrats’ keeping silent for so long was to keep it for closer to the election, which would be repugnant. That did not happen, however; the information was leaked by a Republican.
So, what explains this? Is there an institutional mindset that this sort of thing is permissible? Or did people honestly read the initial e-mails and think they were not particularly serious?