DOJ criticizes FBI failure to protect congressional pages in Foley scandal James M Yoch Jr at 3:17 PM ET
[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] failed to respond promptly to allegedly improper e-mail correspondence between former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) [Congressional profile] and a former congressional page [CRS program backgrounder, PDF] from Louisiana in July 2006, according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by US Dept. of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Glenn Fine [official profile]. Fine concluded that the email constituted sufficient basis for the FBI to take precautionary measures to protect congressional pages from Foley's behavior. The report does not allege misconduct by FBI officials, which did not launch an investigation until October after inappropriate instant messages, some of a sexually explicit nature, sent to pages surfaced. Among the suggested options for responding to the e-mail were notifying officials in charge of the page program and questioning the former Louisiana page to whom Foley sent the e-mail.
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