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Each member of the House of Representatives is being asked to contact past and present pages to see if they have had any improper conduct with former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fl.), the center of a cyberspace sex scandal.

The request is made in an Oct. 6 letter signed by the chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Ethics panel, known officially as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.).

Though Hastings and Berman announced last week that they expect to issue some four dozen subpoenas, the letter makes clear they expect House members and staff to come forward with information.

Hastings and Berman wrote, ``The purpose of this letter is to notify all Members that it is the expectation of the Investigative Subcommittee that any Members with information related to the matter under investigation will bring such information to the attention of the Investigative Subcommittee. Such information should include, but not be limited to, any information related in any way to communications or interactions between former Representative Mark Foley and any current or former participants in the House Page Program. In this regard, you should inquire of staff under your supervision as to relevant information in their possession.''


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text of the letter..................

October 6, 2006

TO ALL MEMBERS’ IMMEDIATE AND PERSONAL ATTENTION


Re: Investigation of Allegations Related to Improper Conduct Involving Members and Current or Former House Pages

Dear Colleague:

As you may know, an Investigative Subcommittee of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (the “Committee��?) has been empanelled to conduct an inquiry regarding any conduct of House Members, officers and staff related to information concerning improper conduct involving Members and current and former House Pages. We are contacting you now in our capacities as Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of that Investigative Subcommittee.

The purpose of this letter is to notify all Members that it is the expectation of the Investigative Subcommittee that any Members with information related to the matter under investigation will bring such information to the attention of the Investigative Subcommittee. Such information should include, but not be limited to, any information related in any way to communications or interactions between former Representative Mark Foley and any current or former participants in the House Page Program. In this regard, you should inquire of staff under your supervision as to relevant information in their possession.

In order to assist the Investigative Subcommittee with its inquiry, we also request that you contact current and former House Pages sponsored by your office for the purpose of learning whether any of those individuals had any inappropriate communications or interactions with former Representative Foley or any other Member of the House. You should advise all Pages contacted that any information gained pursuant to your inquiry will be shared with the Investigative Subcommittee, and will be maintained by the Investigative Subcommittee in a confidential manner consistent with House and Committee rules.


We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, or if you have information to provide to the Investigative Subcommittee, please contact Committee Chief Counsel William V. O’Reilly at (202) 225-7103.

Sincerely,

Doc Hastings Howard L. Berman
Chairman Ranking Minority Member

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