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She's among the very democrats we rallied to put into office and take control for this very reason.  The republicans had put the state of our Congress into utter chaos.

And Mark Foley's lewd emails to children working for the House of Representatives was just the beginning of an uninterrupted list of scandals.  And all we asked our representatives to do once they got into office was to stop it.

Raw Story reports that now that she's in control, Nancy's having none of it:

Ever since federal investigators learned of the emails and IMs Mark Foley was sending to under aged boys an investigation was underway to determine exactly to what depth he had violated laws.

You'll recall the original story, unless you have the memory of a republican trying to forget 9/11, when Foley was trying to get into the pants of one particular congressional page and ABC News' Brian Ross published the text of one of the messages.

Foley passed off the allegations by claiming that they were merely messages that were a little too racy.  But as more and more text was made available to the public, it became clear that this United States Congressman was about 2 glasses of wine and one Playstation away from raping one of these kids in person.  In fact, one message suggested that the congressman and a page would be in close proximity very soon.

The story has simmered out of the headlines.  But the hard work of learning who said what and whether any laws were broken is still underway.  You are right to be shocked by the name of the person who is standing in the way of that investigation; Nancy Pelosi the Democratic Speaker of the Hosue of Representatives.

"If we are not granted access to said equipment (Mark Foley's official congressional computer hard drive), I respectfully request a written response specifying the reason for the denial and direction to the court process or other procedure required to gain the requested access," FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a Dec. 11 letter, according to the Palm Beach Post.

The above plea sounds very much like one of the letters our own Democrats have sent to George W. Bush trying to convince him to bring himself within the law.  But this time it's we Democrats who are the focus of this scandalous refusal to cooperate that, given enough time, will begin to smack of a cover up for one of the very people that got us to the polls in the first place.

Have you contacted your representative lately?

Originally posted to Detroit Mark on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 04:26 AM PST.

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  •  Tips ... (7+ / 0-)

    Sorry if I'm not here to participate in the comments.  I have to leave early to get the dog to the vet before work.

  •  When Rep. Jefferson got into trouble, (6+ / 0-)

    at one point Speaker Hastert seemed to be protecting him.  No, he was protecting the separation of powers and the sovereinty of Congress.  Are you sure this isn't the same thing?

    •  Congress has sheilded themselves (4+ / 0-)
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      pattyp, corvo, joe shikspack, minerva1157

      from laws that would land any of us in the hoosgow.

      They get better healthcare and retirement too.

      Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them - T Paine

      by breezeview on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 04:38:13 AM PST

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      •  Actually, Congress has a range (3+ / 0-)
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        of Constitutional protections to shield it from the police powers of the executive branch.  By design, They answer mainy to The People and not to, say, Alberto Gonzalez or George W. Bush.

      •  You forgot salary, they get (1+ / 0-)
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        corvo

        a better salary than us, too (well, maybe not you, but me!).

        But, that (and the healthcare and retirement doesn't really bother me . . .  in theory, they should have an attractive compensation package to attract the best applicant (once again, that only seems to be working in theory these days))>

        BUT, the ability to flout laws . . Yeah, THAT'S A REALLLY BIG DEAL, ugh.

        •  In theory, (1+ / 0-)
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          they police themselves.  In theory, at least.

          •  Theories, theories, theories (0+ / 0-)

            are we going to start talking about evolution soon (it's just a theory after all)?

            In any event, evolution of congress has not been going in a promising direction for some time now . . . but, like evolution, perhaps it's not their fault (they are just being shaped by their enviroment/doing the bidding of their corporate overlords . . .).

          •  that's a pretty well disproven theory... (1+ / 0-)
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            the two parties have generally agreed to sweep each others foibles under the rug (at least in terms of legal consequences) for years. a real ethics complaint or investigation is a rarity.

            see here:

            A Democratic congressman plans to file a wide-ranging ethics complaint today against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), shattering the remnants of a seven-year-old, unwritten ethics truce between the two parties and possibly nudging the House back toward a brand of political warfare that helped topple two speakers...

            Bell's ethics complaint is the first known to be filed by a lawmaker against a House leader since 1997, when both parties agreed to an unwritten truce to end a long series of ethics charges and countercharges dating to the 1980s...

            In recent years, some Democrats outside Congress have said the ethics truce was helping Republicans more than Democrats. Self-described watchdog groups berated the House ethics committee for its apparent inaction in a number of cases of questionable conduct raised in the news media and elsewhere.

    •  Jefferson (0+ / 0-)

      His computers were confiscated.  They sit in limbo awaiting a court decision.

  •  Way to go, Nan! Truly the bipartisan spirit. (7+ / 0-)

    First you protect the worst President ever, now you protest a 2-bit sexual predator.. who's not even a Republican...or President. He's a solid gold pervert.

    You have failed miserably.

  •  Good catch. And... (12+ / 0-)

    http://www.slate.com/...

    Pelosi has threatened the removal of Michigan Rep. John Conyers from his chairmanship of the House judiciary committee if an impeachment inquiry were even opened, according to reliable congressional chatter.

    If it was up to Pelosi, the whole fucking Constitution would probably be off the table.

    Jesus H. Christ, Hastert might as well have stayed on as Speaker.  What an utterly wasted two years.

    MR. WHITE: Smoke? MR. PINK: I quit. (pause) What, you got one?

    by dov12348 on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 05:00:16 AM PST

  •  It looks like Pelosi has not refused (3+ / 0-)
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    It was House lawyers, not Pelosi that denied the initial request in August.  

    A spokesman for Pelosi told ABC News her office "is in the process of preparing a response to Commissioner Bailey's request," after receiving the letter only last week due to security precautions taken with her mail.

    Spokesman Brendan Daly also said the office wants to cooperate with Florida investigators and will consult with House lawyers.

    But back in August, lawyers for the U.S. House of Representatives, citing constitutional exemptions, denied Florida law enforcement officials access to the former congressman's computers.

    When Foley was engaged in this behavior, it was Hastert and friends that failed to act to stop it.  That is somewhere between collusion and obstruction.  However, in this instance, it is the House legal team that is in the way.  My guess is that even Pelosi would not stupid enough to run interference for Foley, but then again nothing surprises me these days.  Until we hear that she has refused or cites some House privilege for not cooperating, we should take a wait and see attitude.  

    I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. - John F. Kennedy

    by DWG on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 05:03:08 AM PST

    •  I take your point but (6+ / 0-)

      we should take a wait and see attitude

       I don't agree that waiting is a good thing.  We should push for the information on Pelosi's point of view on this.

      No the Foley incident pales in comparison to some other things but she's blocking hearings on Cheney.  I don't want to wait and see on that.

      Under construction.

      by dogheaven on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 05:29:21 AM PST

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      •  I do not understand the legal issue (0+ / 0-)

        that the House lawyers are objecting to.  If a compromise can be arranged that allows the computers to be seized or reviewed under supervision, then we can rest easy.  If we get some lame privilege rejection from Pelosi, then we need to make as much noise as possible.  

        I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. - John F. Kennedy

        by DWG on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 05:56:07 AM PST

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  •  Is it inevitable that after two centuries (1+ / 0-)
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    everything goes corrupt and needs an entirely new start?  

    Definitely seems like the case for this country . . .

  •  Hypothetical (0+ / 0-)

    Suppose the Justice Department wished to have Henry Waxman's hard drives in order to track down "whistle-blowers."  Would this be OK?

    Mark Foley is a case study in hypocrisy, but his offences scarcely rise to the point where a constitutional crisis would be in order.  

  •  You remember this trio don't you? (1+ / 0-)
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    And I would love to know what contractor or think tank is paying Brownie now.

    I wish someone would publish a "Where are they now and who's paying them how much" on some of these goons.

  •  nancy, nancy, nancy. (4+ / 0-)
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    you make us so proud. Hiding corruption and protecting congressional wrongdoers with the same effort and consideration that GOP leaders once did.

    In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

    by agnostic on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 05:28:06 AM PST

    •  Disgusted with Nancy's leadership? (1+ / 0-)
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      Do you need a temp job through November? Live anywhere near the CA-08? Then you can run for congress...ask me how!

      "The road to gas chambers starts when good people find excuses to justify torture and murder. Feinstein and Schumer are enablers."- Larry Johnson -8.25, -6.21

      by Jacques on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 08:02:24 AM PST

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  •  Whatever her reasons are for not providing (2+ / 0-)
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    the requested information, the fact that she has literally ignored the request says something significant to me.  There's absolutely no excuse for stonewalling.

    Maybe this investigation is one that she'd prefer not to have happen now, it might make it look like the Democrats are making waves and that wouldn't be good for winning the elections in November.  


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 05:29:30 AM PST

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