Skip to comments.Foleygate Timeline (updated)
Posted on 10/05/2006 9:28:48 AM PDT by bobsunshine
Here is a fairly complete and accurate timeline on Foleygate compiled by AP. The key missing elements are the claims by Aravosis and Rogers on when they were attmepting to basically blackmail Fordham and when they got Fordham to out Foley (their claims Fordham denies). We also need to add the July 28th appearance of the mystery website and the KoS commenter WHinterns postings about Foley. So here is the more complete version from sources around the net such as Gateway Pundit and Mac Ranger and Radar On Line [additions from blog reporting entries and modifications in italics:
July 1997: Foley, a Florida Republican, reportedly writes sexually explicit instant messages ex-male House page Tyson Vivyan, who keeps the contacts a secret as he fends off Foleys advances. Vivyan is 17 when the contacts begin with the anonymous Foley making contact with Vivyan on his AOL account.
2003: Foley reportedly writes sexually explicit instant messages to a male House page. Reporting shows this may be contact with an ex-Page right around his 18th birthday.
May 2003: Foley faces questions about his sexual orientation as he prepares to run for a Senate seat in Florida. He later drops out of the race.
Before January 2004: Foleys chief of staff, Kirk Fordham, has conversations with senior aides in House Speaker Dennis Hasterts office asking them to intervene to address Foleys inappropriate behavior toward pages, according to Fordham.
January 2004: Fordham leaves Foleys office.
July 2004: John Aravosis claims Fordham was his source for outing Rep Foley as a gay.
July 2004: Mike Rogers posts an open letter to Fordham demanding he explain why he is supporting Mel Martinez.
March 2005: Mike Rogers posts a rant against Foley which includes claims of Foleys misbehavior with young men and predicts a big political scandal preceding the 2006 elections.
Fall 2005: A former page contacts the office of his sponsor, Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., about e-mails he had received from Foley that asked about the boys age, then 16, and his birthday. Foley in one e-mail also requested a photo of the page.
Alexanders chief of staff calls House Speaker Dennis Hasterts office about the e-mail exchange. Alexanders aide declines to show the message to Hasterts staff and to the clerk of the House, who administers the page program, but says it is not of a sexual nature and that the family simply wants the contact to stop. Hastert said last week he was not aware of a different set of communications which were sexually explicit which Mr. Foley reportedly sent another former page or pages.
The clerk and Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., meet with Foley, who assures them he was only acting as a mentor to the boy. Shimkus, who chairs a House board that oversees the page program, orders Foley to cease contact with the boy and Foley agrees.
Fordham, Foleys former chief of staff, begins serving in the same capacity for Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Republican Campaign Committee.
November 2005: The St. Petersburg Times says it assigned two reporters to investigate after being given copies of the e-mail exchange with the Louisiana teenager. The paper said Saturday it decided not to publish at the time because of the seriousness of what would be implied and because the boy and the family would not go on the record. The Miami Herald says it, too, had a copy of the e-mail but decided not to go public because the message was not sexually explicit and was subject to interpretation.
Spring 2006: Alexander mentions the Foley situation to House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. Alexander says Boehner refers him to Reynolds. Both Boehner and Reynolds say they talk with Hastert about it. Boehner quotes Hastert as telling him the Louisiana pages complaint had been taken care of. Hastert says later he doesnt recall the meeting with Boehner and the speakers staff says he did not learn of it until much later.
July 2006: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal leaning watchdog group, obtains copies of Foleys e-mails and gives them to the FBI. The FBI says later the initial group of e-mails did not rise to the level of a federal offense.
July 2006: The mysterious website stopsexpredators.blogspot.com is created and begins innocuous and minor postings on July 28th.
August 2006: Brian Ross claims he firsts has access to the less worrisome emails and is too busy to deal with them (though one could read his claim as being to busy with Katrina as Fall of 2005).
Sept 05: Commenter WHInternNow posts at DailyKOS prescient comments about Foley and his acts with young boys - apparently the first to really break the story - before the website sighted as the original source.
Sept 21: Website Stop Sex Predators posts on emails supposedly coming into the site from people with stories about Mark Foley.
Sept. 24: Website Stop Sex Predators posts scans of the innocuous emails from Foley to the 16 year old Page which was the focus of activity back in the fall of 2005. Supposedly only a few people in Congress and the new media have access to these emails at this point in time.
A whole 12 minutes after the website posts the scans, WHInternNow is back posting the news at DailyKOS. With limited readership at the site one wonders at how quickly WHInternNow found the scanned emails.
Sept. 28: ABC News reports on the e-mail exchange with the Louisiana teenager. Foleys Democratic challenger, Tim Mahoney, calls for an investigation into the exchange.
Sept 28: John Aravosis posts his reaction to the news and admits he had the emails several months ago, which times in well with the July submission of the emails by CREW to the FBI.
Sept. 29: Revelations emerge of sexually explicit instant messages Foley sent in 2003 to former pages. Foley resigns. The House votes to refer the matter to the ethics committee.
Sept. 29: Mike Rogers posts on the DCCC website congragulations on taking his Foley lead and running with it. His comments are summarily deleted from the DCCC website but Rogers posts them on his site to gloat.
Sept. 30: Hastert says he is setting up a hot line for current and former pages and their families to report problems about the page program.
Oct. 1: Hastert writes a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking for an investigation of Foleys conduct. Hastert writes a similar letter to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. An FBI spokesman confirms the agency is conducting an assessment to see if theres been a violation of federal law.
Oct. 2: Foleys attorney, David Roth, says the former congressman is battling alcoholism and has checked into a rehabilitation facility. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asks the Justice Department to investigate why the Foley e-mails they gave the FBI were not pursued.
Oct. 3: The Washington Times calls in an editorial for Hastert to resign as speaker. Hastert says he wont resign. President Bush says he supports Hasterts call for an investigation and says he was shocked and dismayed at Foleys behavior. Boehner talks about conferring with Hastert in the spring about Foley. Roth says at a news conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., that Foley was molested as a child by a member of the clergy but had never had sexual contact with a minor. He says Foley asked him to reveal publicly that Foley is gay.
Oct. 4: Fordham announces he is resigning as Reynolds chief of staff and tells The Associated Press he had conversations with House leadership about Foleys behavior prior to January 2004.
The Justice Department orders the House to preserve Foleys official computer files. A law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation says that FBI agents are interviewing participants in the House page program. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirms that it has begun its own preliminary inquiry into Foleys e-mail contacts with House pages.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., calls for a group of former senators and others to investigate how the House handled the Foley matter.
If I missed some key event please let me know in the comments and I will add it. I believe there were more times when Rogers gloated. But one can see there was a lot of activity right around the time the story was timed to break - and before it did so!
Need to add this from an AP story on Wednesday to the timeline. Here is the key quote.
I was still pretty shell shocked myself, Fordham said of the day he learned about the messages. This was someone I had worked for 10 years. I had no inkling that this kind of blatantly reckless - just obscene - behavior was going on behind our backs.
Read the rest. Fordham has not just changed his story but he has reversed himself 180 degrees.
"Wag the Fag"...
Marking this for later. I really like timelines.
Nice timeline, it seems pretty complete. I still have a lot of questions, but hopefully other events will come to light.
Foleygate-24/7 ; FOX News prime offender !
North Korea plans to test nukes,Iran is working on them,
our troops are risking life and limb in Iraq,and (it seems very possible) the Dems will wrest control of the House away from the Republicans, so they can mount even more attacks on the administration: so what's on the news ?
A hebephile named Mark Foley.
"...this is the way the world ends:
Not with a bang,but a whimper."
I remember a joke I heard during the Studds/page scandal:
Why can't you find bookmarks in Washington, DC?
Because the congressmen like their pages bent over.
The way to stop this is to turn this bs into a weapon which we use to bash the rats, their homosexuals, who hate America and the MSM.
Rush is talking about how the Foley BS has forced all of the October Surprises the rats have off the MSM.
It is backfiring on them.
Is this the poster's screen name that has now been determined, per Drudge's posting, to be the now 21 year old campaign manager for the Ishook campaign?
From the Drudge report:
"A posting on ABCNEWS.COM of an unredacted instant message sessions between Rep. Mark Foley and a former congressional page has exposed the identity of the now 21 year-old accuser.
The PASSIONATE AMERICA webmaster tells the OKLAHOMAN that "he stumbled onto the former page's AOL screen name when looking at transcripts of the instant messages on ABC's Web site on Saturday. He said he typed a slightly-different Web address into his browser and found a version of the transcript with the screen name.
The AOL name of the young man was kept unredacted and housed on ABCNEWS.COM servers for 5 days!
The information could be publicly accessed."
Here's the real story:
The former page, now campaign manager for the Istook campaign, is Jordan Edmund. From posts last night from people in a position to know, Jordan is (a) gay; (b) a poly-sci major at U CAL Berkeley; and (c) a political operative.
Jordan is only 21- years old, and from California, and yet managed to land the job as campaign manager for a REPUBLICAN in Oklahoma!!
Jordan also apparently has a 'companion', also a 21 -year old from California and also allegedly gay, working with him on the campaign!
The former Foley staffer, Fordham, who initially 'reported' on Foley's activities, is also gay. It's also documented that he was being threatened with an "outing" by Dem activists if he did not play ball with them in their plans to destroy Foley.
Fordham, curiously enough, worked as a staffer in Oklahoma (!!) for Sen Inhofe, before moving to Foley's office -- suggesting that Fordham might have been responsible for securing the 'placement' for our young Jordan Edmund.
So Fordham appears to have been blackmailed by lib-gay "outer's", and he apparently does their bidding to protect himself. Not only does Fordham produce Foley's e-mails, which would identify and put the blackmailers in touch with Jordan Edmund -- but Edmund gets a political job that he has no apparent qualifications for, in an area where Fordham has a connection.
Edmund apparently has an "angel" that arranged for his plum operative job. The "angel" is the same person who blackmailed Fordham. The angel is a gay Democrat activist-blackmailer. Edmund likely shared his IM experiences with Foley with the activist.
The activist planned the October surprise, in coordination with ABC News. ABC News decided that Hastert could be the big prize, and up'ed the ante on the story. ABC News is 'protecting the identity of the gay activist blackmailers, and calling them instead the "intermediary" and falsely implying that they are republicans -- a VERY big lie. HMMMM.....
Is anyone talking about FILEGATE -
What better source of many-years old info on congressmen? This October surprise has got to be the fruit of those files.
What's up folks?
Ruhs has been explaing what's happening all week.
The rats can't win elections on what they plan to do or won't do.
They can only win them if the Rats can convince certain groups of Republicans not to vote this November and in other elections.
Hastert press conference is on in a few minutes on Fox.
Yep, their typical tactics, but they usually backfire in their loser faces.
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