Friday, December 08, 2006

Kolbe suggested former page not reveal incriminating information about Mark Foley

A former House page who was sent an instant message by Mark Foley asking him his penis size forwarded it to Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe back in 2001. When the scandal broke, that former page called Kolbe and asked him what he should do. He says Kolbe told him that "it is best that you don't even bring this up with anybody.... There is no good that can come from it if you actually talk about this. The man has resigned anyway."

The House ethics committee found out about it anyway, prompting Kolbe to call the former page and leave a message saying, "it looks like you did some talking."

More detail and excerpts from the House ethics committee report at TPM Muckraker.

UPDATE (December 9, 2006): Here's Kolbe's response.

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