Who knew what and when? The man who was once Mark Foley's Chief of Staff says he warned House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office more than three years ago about Foley's behavior toward teenage pages.
Now that man, Kirk Fordham, who is known to be gay, has stepped down, and CBS News has learned several other top Republican staffers who handled the Foley matter are also gay. GOP conservatives charge a group of high-level gay Republican staffers were protecting a gay Republican congressman.
A spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert rejects Fordham's claims that he warned Gastert's staff years ago.
Now one of the Speaker's closest allies wants the page program shut down, at least temporarily. Congressman Ray LaHood called the program antiquated, and he questions the wisdom of bringing 15 and 16-year-olds to work on Capitol Hill.
LaHood says shutting down the page program would show voters that Republicans are trying to correct problems exposed by the scandal.
"Let's send a message to the American people that we're taking responsibility for a program that's flawed."
As for Foley, he remains in rehab, battling alcoholism after admitting through his attorney he is gay and was molested as a child by a clergyman. Foley also admits sending the inappropriate e-mails, but denies ever having sexual contact with a minor.
The federal investigation is underway, but officials caution that agents are still trying to figure out if Foley committed a crime.
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