A Foley Witness: “Who was that? Did you recognize her?”

Oct 16, 2006 10:53am

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Reporters camped outside the basement office of the House of Representatives Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (The Ethics Committee) are clueless as to what is going on inside. Staffers and deliverymen come and go, but nobody is entirely sure who is a witness, much less what they are telling the special investigative subcommittee as it puts together the facts of the former Rep. Mark Foley illicit e-communication page scandal inside.

When Danielle Savoy, the former scheduler to Rep. Rodney Alexander, went inside the room this morning, none of the reporters realized she might be a witness. It was not until later, when Savoy’s former boss, Representative Alexander’s chief of staff Royal Alexander (no relation) was turned away from testifying because, as he told reporters, the committee was "running over" with their first witness that the people staking the committee out even knew there was a first witness in the room. Royal Alexander said he knew it was Savoy testifying when he returned for his turn after lunch.

Savoy is the Alexander staffer first alerted to the overly friendly emails by a former page last a year ago.



These are not to be confused with the inappropriate and sexual instant messages that caused Foley to resign back in late September.



It was easier to identify Royal Alexander because he stopped in front of the office and chatted with journalists for a moment before going in. But there was similar confusion late last week when the Page Dorm Supervisor, John Leekley, was informally interviewed by staff members on the committee; the congressmen who sit on the committee had already left for the day and so testimony could not be taken. Leekley is a young looking man and in his dark suit, he appeared nervous entering and leaving the office and would not say anything to reporters as he hurried down the hall after his interview, even at one point trying to enlist the help of a Capitol Hill Police officer to put some distance between himself and the journalists pursuing him. It took some asking around for the assembled reporters to figure out that Leekley helps supervise the pages and is not himself a former page.

This confusion and guessing is likely to continue in the coming weeks as the committee works its way through the four dozen subpoenas it has already authorized as part of its investigation.

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