Saddam Hussein and Mark Foley: For the GOP, timing is everything

A verdict before the election, a report afterward.

Published October 30, 2006 12:21PM (EST)

Although killings and chaos reign all around him, the presiding judge in one of the trial against Saddam Hussein expects to announce his verdict on Sunday, Nov. 5 -- just two days before the midterm elections in the United States.

Although it has "all but wrapped up the investigative phase "and doesn't intend to recall any key witnesses, the House Ethics Committee does not expect to make a report on the Mark Foley probe until after Election Day.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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