The Note: Mistakes Were Made

Painfully, the events that led to my resignation have crystalized recognition of my longstanding significant alcohol and emotional difficulties.

I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and have accepted the need for immediate treatment for alcoholism and related behavioral problems.

On Saturday, with the loving support of my family and friends, I made arrangements to enter a renowned in-patient facility to address my disease and related issues.

I deeply regret and accept full responsibility for the harm I have caused.

Over the weekend, I communicated extensively with one of the most respected mental health experts in Palm Beach County, Florida, who has been instrumental in counseling and assisting me.

Attorney David Roth, my good friend of four decades has been requested by me to fully and completely cooperate regarding any inquiries that may arise during my treatment.

Words cannot express my gratitude for the prayers and words of encouragement that have been conveyed to me.



Mark Foley

The Washington Post's preliminary reference to the letter: LINK

FBI to examine Foley's e-mails:

The FBI announced on Sunday that it is looking into whether Foley broke federal law by sending inappropriate e-mails and instant messages to underage boys serving as congressional pages. LINK

As Brian Ross reported on Sunday, agents in the FBI's Cyber division have already begun to examine the texts of some of the messages, according to a FBI spokesperson.

Officials say the FBI and Department of Justice lawyers are trying to determine how many such e-mails were sent, how many different computers were used, and whether any of the teenage victims will cooperate in the investigation. It is possible Foley could be prosecuted under laws he helped to enact, as the co chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children.

Two sets of sexually explicit instant messages obtained by ABC News were sent to pages in 2002.

Ross reported on Sunday's edition of "World News" that in one instant message with an underage boy, Rep. Foley asked him for a measurement of his sexual organ.

One ex-page says pages were warned about Foley in 2001, reports ABC's Brian Ross. LINK

What did the GOP leadership know and when did it know it:

Per the Buffalo News, "While most of the sniping over the Foley issue came across party lines, the weekend's events also revealed an apparent rift between Hastert" and Reynolds. LINK

"The statement that Reynolds issued Saturday contradicted an earlier Hastert account indicating that the speaker had only heard about the Foley matter last week."

"And sources close to Reynolds Sunday said that a statement issued by the speaker a day earlier included a glaring inaccuracy. While the Hastert statement said Reynolds told the speaker that the clerk of the House and the head of the House Page Board had investigated Foley's e-mails to the Louisiana boy, Reynolds' aides contended that never happened."

"Asked why Reynolds had chosen to publicly disagree with Hastert, a source close to Reynolds said: 'Tom Reynolds did all the right things, and we needed to say that.'"

In today's Washington Post, Charles Babington and Jonathan Weisman have "one House GOP leadership aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job," conceding that Republicans "had erred in not notifying the three-member, bipartisan panel that oversees the page system." LINK

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