Probe Faults FBI In Foley Investigation
By CBS News Justice Department reporter Stephanie Lambidakis - The Justice Department's Inspector General's internal investigation
into how the FBI's Washington field office handled e-mails sent to
pages by former Rep. Mark Foley has concluded that the agency handled
the events poorly. The Foley e-mails were sent to the FBI in July 2006 by Citizens for
Responsibility in Ethics (CREW); the scandal broke in September 2006.......The report reveals that the e-mails "provided enough troubling
indications" that the FBI supervisor who reviewed them should have, at
a minimum, interviewed the former page. If the agents didn't think such
an interview was warranted, they should have gone to House authorities
in charge of the page program about concerns that were expressed.
Finally, the FBI should have notified CREW that the FBI decided not to
investigate since CREW thought an investigation was already under way.
the ......FBI made "inaccurate statements to the media" about the e-mails forward by CREW. The FBI claimed the e-mails were heavily redacted, and thus useless to investigators. But in fact, the e-mails were not heavily redacted, "and the evidence showed that the FBI did not seek additional information from CREW......"