Watchdog Group Disputes FBI's Claims on E-Mails

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    By Dan Eggen
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, October 6, 2006; Page A04

    The watchdog group that first provided the FBI with suspicious e-mails from then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) said yesterday that FBI and Justice Department officials are attempting to cover up their inaction in the case by making false claims about the group.

    Law enforcement officials said the allegations by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) are without merit, and they stood by allegations that the group had refused to provide some information to the FBI.


    The dispute is the latest controversy this week for CREW, a liberal-leaning group that has come under attack from House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and other Republicans because it has received money from a foundation funded by liberal financier George Soros.

    CREW held a news conference Monday to announce that in July it had provided the FBI suspicious e-mails between Foley and a former House page. The group criticized the bureau for not taking more aggressive action and asked Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine to investigate the FBI's handling of the case.

    Law enforcement officials said then that the e-mails did not provide enough evidence of a possible crime to warrant a full investigation. In the e-mails, Foley praises the physical attributes of one page and asks another teenager for his picture.

    In subsequent days, unidentified Justice and FBI officials told reporters that the e-mails provided by CREW were heavily redacted and that the group refused to provide unedited versions to the FBI. One law enforcement official -- speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation -- also told The Washington Post the FBI believed that CREW may have received the e-mails as early as April and that the group refused to tell the FBI how they were obtained.

    Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, said copies of the original e-mails she sent to an FBI agent show those assertions to be wrong. Sloan said the agent called to confirm receipt of the e-mails and to ask if one of the parties was Foley.

    Sloan said the group sent unedited e-mails to the FBI because "we wanted them to commence an investigation. We're sort of outraged that they're saying anything differently." The group has asked Fine's office to look into the FBI's assertions.

    Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse declined to comment on that issue but defended the FBI's handling of the original e-mails: "The e-mails, while inappropriate, did not contain a criminal predicate to allow the FBI to move forward in an investigation."
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/05/AR2006100501657.html
     
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    "Liberal leaning"? For CREW?

    Only the English should much an understatement. That front group of Geoge Soros and his "progressive secularist" allies (Hi, ABC News!), can just go crew themselves:

    What's CREW?

    http://www.americanthinker.com/comments.php?comments_id=6290

    Soros may be wealthier, but Rove's smarter IMO. He is everywhere.
     
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    You know, the more I think about it - George Soros' won-lost record in American politics is actually pretty dismal. Maybe we ought to put THIS fucker in charge of amnesty for illegals - the problem would probably disappear overnight.

    The Dems' motto for '08 should be, "PLEASE don't support us any more, George - we want to LIVE!"
     
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    Foley should definitely be gone..

    But this whole thing, the way it broke and all......Had a lot of stink on it.....

    Time will tell..
     
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    You forgot to bold the parts you didn't like.

    But thanks for posting it none the less, its one of less talked abot aspects of this whole thing. The FBI being informed about this and sitting on it. Very, very short list of people with enough pull to restrain FBI watchdogs. Now that its public though they spring into action... :dunno:
     
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    They we given the emails....They didn't think there enough of the salacious material in those, to justify them getting involved....
    Nobody saw those IMs, until last Friday when ABC broke the story....

    That's why the Democrats accusing Hastert of all this is just as it is.....Bullshit. He didn't see these Ims either until this Past Friday....

    Sheeesh don't you keep up on the news.....
     
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    My quote was in refrence to the part you bolded just above it.

    Wasn't this the whole point of you posting the article? Blaming the leakers.

    As far as what the FBI really thought of the original emails... I know i'm just sitting on an opinion right now.

    Here is a link to them btw.

    http://www.citizensforethics.org/filelibrary/FoleyEmailExchangeUpdated.pdf

    ***edited for typos***
     
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    That may very well be the case. The Reynolds, Shimkus, and fromer Foley aid camps might be lying out their asses about passing the information on to Hastert a long time ago. Maybe Hasterts 2nd in commmand decided to take care of this himself. Then again Hastert could be full of shit too. Maybe they're all lying on some level about this.

    There are only a handfull of people who know the truth about that and i'm not one of them, but its obvious someone here is lying.
     
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    I guess two separate issues is more than your little mind can bear, huh?

    Foley's a scumbag and good riddance. If he can be prosecuted, I'm all for that too.

    Does that justify how the information was gathered? Let me see if I have this right .....

    It is NOT okay to eavesdrop on phone calls originating outside the US from known or suspected terrorists. Even then, recordings of said conversations are inadmissable as evidence in a court of law.

    But it IS okay for Dems to eavesdrop on Republicans, call for the dismissal of top Republicans for NOT doing it, and use evidence gained under qesutionable circumstances to indict an entire political organization. It's also okay to sit on said evidence for half a year and disclose it at a poltically opportune moment ... you know .... like you Dem-o-craps have forewarned that OBL would be produced before every election that has happened subsequent to 9/11.

    Y'all are just f-ing hypocrites, period.
     
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    Yeah, since there're Republicans involved somebody has to be lying.:rolleyes:
     

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