As the old saying goes, be careful what you ask for. The minute the Foley story broke the Democrats, led by Nancy Pelosi, were screaming for an investigation. In fact they were so quick to react, one might think they had a heads up on the story. They sure had their game plan ready. Of course since it is the only game plan they have, maybe not. At any rate, House Republicans were happy to oblige Ms. Pelosi and an investigation by the Ethics Committee is forthcoming. From Power Line:
Yesterday, eleven Republican Congressmen sent letters to Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and Rahnm Emanuel, asking them to cooperate with the House Ethics Committee's investigation by appearing before the Committee and giving testimony under oath. The letters say, in part:
We fully agree that anyone with knowledge of Foley's activities, who then attempted to conceal such activities, should be held accountable. Today, the bipartisan Ethics Committee announced that they will be conducting a complete investigation of the facts surrounding the case.
We support this decision and also believe that the seriousness of this goes beyond partisan politics and hope that you will join us in demonstrating full cooperation from your Members and and political operatives as this investigation continues to unfold.
Just as it must be determined whether any Republican Members or political operatives were aware of and attempted to conceal Mr. Foley's activities, it must also be determined whether any Democrat Members or political operatives were aware of, and attempted to conceal these same activities.
Therefore, we respectfully ask that you appear, under oath, before the House Ethics Committee.
I found the reference to Democratic "political operatives" interesting. One would hope that the Ethics Committee will subpoena the reporters who broke the Foley story to find out where they got their information, and when. The question to be answered is, What did the Democrats know, and when did they know it?
Is it possible that the Democrats deliberately delayed disclosure of Foley's transgressions, thereby endangering the security of current Congressional pages and other teenage boys, solely to advance their own political interests? One would certainly hope not. But it is obviously a question that needs to be investigated and answered.
And what's good for the goose. Pelosi demanded (note this link keeps disappearing) Republicans answer questions under oath
(sorry for the colored coded link, but the article changes when you click to get page without highlights) so I'm sure she won't mind doing that herself. I read in the comments at Lucianne that Pelosi refused, but I haven't found a link to a story on that yet. ***Update found a better Pelosi link***
I'm sure that in the interest of the children, Pelosi can take a little break from her swamp draining to answer a few questions. Under Oath.
***Update *** Via Ace : (His post is dated Oct. 5)
Just on the Gibson show-- an email says that Nancy Pelosi is insisting that Republicans testify about what they knew, and when, under oath, but she herself refuses to testify under oath abut what she knew, and when.
I think the question strongly suggests its answer.