Ethics Committee Probe Into Foley Heats Up

By Erica Anderson

Oct 11, 2006 1:14pm

ABC News’ Dean Norland reports:  In a sign that interviews may underway in the House ethics committee probe of the scandal surrounding Mark Foley’s resignation, at 9:50 am ET the chief page supervisor for the Republicans Peggy Sampson entered the ethics committee.

Prior to Sampson’s arrival, two court reporters arrived with suitcases with wheels on them that they keep their steno machines in.  At 9:14 am ET, Bill O’Reilly, the chief counsel for the committee, entered the room.  This is the first action that has been noticed outside the ethics committee room on Capitol Hill since the committee convened last week to launch the investigation. 

No sworn testimony can be given without a member of the committee present, and Norland reports that no members have been seen entering the room.  However it does appear that the staff of the ethics committee is interviewing witnesses today.

Former Foley chief of staff Kirk Fordham, a central figure in the Foley investigation, is expected to testify before the ethics committee tomorrow.  For more on Fordham’s anticipated testimony, go here: LINK

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