"Less than a month before the elections and the Mark Foley scandal just keeps growing," said ABC News' Chris Cuomo on "Good Morning America" as he tossed to Jake Tapper who reported the ethics committee will hear "shocking" testimony tomorrow about the alleged incident when a drunken Rep. Mark Foley attempted to gain access to the page dormitory.
"Speaker Hastert has spent some of the week with an evangelical Christian leader who had hoped to convince the Speaker to resign, but Speaker Hastert says he will not resign because he has not done anything wrong," concluded Tapper.
The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny and David Johnston on the Hastert (if there was a cover-up, people will be fired), Fordham (set to testify before the ethics committee tomorrow), Trandahl (will fully cooperate with FBI and ethics committee), Edmund (two hours talking to FBI in Oklahoma and described a visit to Foley's hotel room in San Diego), and Kolbe (took two former pages on a three-day rafting trip in the Grand Canyon) news of day. LINK
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Foley: ethics committee:
ABC's Jake Tapper, John Yang, and Avery Miller report: "A source with firsthand knowledge of events says that this coming Thursday, Kirk Fordham . . . will testify that a few years ago he was told by then-House clerk Jeff Trandahl that Foley had been stopped while trying to enter the pages' dorm in an apparently intoxicated state. The source said Fordham will testify that he recalls this being the event that convinced both him and Trandahl to warn Hastert's office, with Fordham designated to have the conversation with Hastert's chief of staff, Scott Palmer. The source said that both aides had been watching Foley's behavior with pages and that Fordham had counseled Foley to watch his behavior." LINK
Foley: what role did the Democrats play?:
While the "most sexually explicit material -- the instant messages that forced Foley's abrupt resignation on Sept. 29 and turned his actions into a full-fledged scandal -- appears to be disconnected from politics," the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman reports that the two former pages who "revealed the correspondence to ABC News and the Washington Post . . . may never have come forward had Democratic operatives not divulged the five more benign e-mails that Foley had sent to a Louisiana boy." LINK
Foley: allegations about the clergy:
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that "the Diocese of Palm Beach has written to an attorney representing former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley asking that Foley disclose the name of the clergyman he alleged had molested him as a teen." LINK
Foley: claims of alcoholism:
Jeffrey Young of The Hill questions the legitimacy of Foley's alcoholism claim, citing appearances of Foley as "a social drinker and a wine aficionado" contradict his attorney's claim that he "hid his abuse by drinking alone." LINK
Foley: Reynolds on the ropes:
Democrat Jack Davis launched a television ad yesterday attacking NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) on the Foley matter.
Here is the script: