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FBI Looking into Online Messages

By: AP
By: AP

The FBI is looking into whether any laws were broken when Republican Congressman Mark Foley exchanged online communication with teenage boys.

Foley quit Congress last week following report he had sent sexually charged electronic messages to congressional pages.

An F-B-I spokesman says the agency is examining Mark Foley's exchanges with teenagers to determine whether they violated federal law.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert had asked for a federal investigation. And the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress also have called for a criminal probe.

White House counselor Dan Bartlett calls the allegations against Foley shocking.

Democrats want to know if House Republican leaders knew of the messages and tried to ignore them.

Hastert says the probe should include "any and all individuals who may have been aware of this matter."


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