Rich Galen

The report - which was issued by the only Committee in the House which has an equal number of Republicans and Democrats - said, in essence, that mistakes were made but no House rules were violated meaning a Member who preyed on teenaged boys met an acceptable standard of official conduct.

The committee completed its work without actually hearing from former Congressman Foley, on the grounds that he was no longer a Member of Congress and therefore was outside the Committee's jurisdiction.

As an example of the comprehensive nature of the investigation, on page 28 of the official report the Committee recounts an incident (reported by "a number of witnesses") that one night Foley showed up at the page dorm one night and had to be turned away by the Capitol police.

From the report:

[The Committee] heard no testimony from any person who actually witnessed this event, nor [did it] obtain any other direct evidence reflecting any such appearance by Rep. Foley at the page dorm."

A year or so ago, the House of Reps dragged a group of professional baseball players into a highly publicized hearing, put them under oath, and demanded they tell the world whether or not they had ever used performance enhancing drugs.

The House had no problem issuing subpoenas to the baseball players (none of whom had ever been a Member of the House), but couldn't quite justify issuing a subpoena to a man whose behavior was so creepy that a woman assigned to the page dorm tried to keep Foley in her sight whenever he was around because "the Committee lost jurisdiction over Rep. Foley upon his resignation."

Both of these reports lead to the same conclusion: The Republic is in trouble.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to both the Baker-Hamilton report and the House Ethics Committee report; a nice Mullfoto from the Willard Hotel last week and an odd Catchy Caption of the Day.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at