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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:14 AM
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Investigators may request "records from House leaders and their staffs"
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Authorities are now deciding whether to subpoena records from the office and home computers that Foley used, according to people who are familiar with the case and who requested anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry. Such evidence would be central in building a case against the former lawmaker.

Depending on what authorities find, they also may be interested in obtaining records from House leaders and their staffs to determine what they knew about Foley and his interaction with pages. Those requests could test a pledge by House leaders, including Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), to cooperate fully in the probe.

Lawyers for the House have taken an aggressive position in defending the right of members to limit investigators' access to official information in past cases. They have argued in the Jefferson case that even the contents of members' personal electronic devices deserve such protection.

House lawyers have already told prosecutors that they would want any requests for information to be channeled through their office. Officials did not return calls seeking comment.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-le...

More sleepless nights for gops. What a can of worms!
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:15 AM
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1. We haven't slept for six years. Too damn bad for them.
Feeling savage. Not sympathetic.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:16 AM
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2. Um. minor point, but, most competent investigations don't tip
their hand when they're about to confiscate computers or files. Sooo, who leaked this information to the LA Times to give all the targets time to clean their computer files?
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:27 AM
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5. It may be just logical analysis rather than a leak
FL authorities and the FBI have both made official statements about investigating. Wasn't there a piece that said Foley's office had been sealed already?

On the other hand, a tip to the other players about a search could as easily be a warning *not* to destroy anything in order to avoid obstruction charges, as anything else.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:29 AM
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6. Yeah, like Anderson and Enron.
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madame defarge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:16 AM
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3. Oh PLEASE include Mark Kirk IL-10 in that investigation!!!
He's the ass-istant majority whip & therefore part of the House leadership. Oh man, I'd LOVE for something to tie him to this.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 09:18 AM
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4. Oh, just a little over a week late
They should have seized the computers right away. They'd better hope that a well-connected former congress critter doesn't have any computer expert contacts that would tell him that conventional deleting of files doesn't mean that the data are destroyed and can be retrieved by experts.

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