No charges for Foley

The former Congressman reportedly won't face any criminal charges stemming from the scandal that brought him down.

Published September 19, 2008 4:58PM (EDT)

The Associated Press is reporting that an investigation into former Congressman Mark Foley's communications with underage congressional pages will end, after almost two years, without criminal charges.

The AP's Brian Skoloff writes that Florida authorities were hindered in their investigation of Foley "because neither Foley nor the House would let investigators examine his congressional computers.

"In a letter to the [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] obtained by The Associated Press, House Deputy General Counsel Kerry Kircher wrote that because the data 'may contain legislative information that is constitutionally privileged ... and because Mr. Foley has not waived that privilege ... we cannot simply give you access.'"

House officials have said they did not find any sexually explicit images in Foley's e-mails, but not all of his messages were examined, and access to his hard drives would have been necessary for that.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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