Foley Investigation Grows, As Former Pages Step Forward
Federal investigators who have interviewed several former pages have unearthed instances of conduct by former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) that will almost certainly lead to a full criminal investigation to determine whether the former lawmaker violated federal sex crime laws, government officials briefed on the matter told the New York Times Tuesday.
The Times reports that prosecutors have yet to issue subpoenas or search warrants but have discussed ways to safeguard evidence in the case, the officials said, possibly issuing what are known as preservation letters, directing government agencies or private entities, like Internet providers, not to destroy any electronic data that might be relevant.
Meanwhile, a former House page said coworkers were uneasy about former Foley's behavior in his congressional freshman year in 1995.
Mark Beck-Heyman told the Washington Post warnings were circulated to steer clear of Foley, R-Fla., after he began inviting pages to his office for ice cream in notes and e-mail.
This would back up a claim made earlier by former House page Matthew Loraditch, who told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor in the House Clerk's office in 2001.
Loraditch, the president of the Page Alumni Association, said the pages were told "don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you and all that kind of stuff."