House Report On Foley Scandal: "Wrongdoing Occurred … But No One Did It"
The House Ethics Committee said Friday that GOP lawmakers and staff members for years remained "willfully ignorant" that former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) was making sexual advances toward male congressional pages.
Driven by political considerations and fear of exposing Foley's homosexuality, they failed in their duty to protect the teenagers, the committee concluded. Congressional officials ignored evidence of predatory behavior by the Florida Republican that began emerging more than 10 years ago.
But in spite of those conclusions, the House committee said no rules were broken.
Lesson to America: Stupidity, selfishness, fear and put politics above the safety of teenagers are not against the rules in the House of Representatives. (Or at least not when a Republican-led committee is investigating alleged Republican violations surrounding a Republican congressman.)
"It's just unfathomable how you can reach the conclusion that wrongdoing occurred … but no one did it," Fred Wertheimer, president of the independent watchdog group Democracy 21, told the Los Angeles Times. "This is a classic demonstration of one of the fundamental ethics problems [in Congress]. They don't have a real system for enforcement."