The Foley Timeline
Foley's lawyer says that his client, now in an alcohol treatment center, was molested by a clergyman when he was a teenager, has never engaged in sex with a minor, and is gay.
Oct. 4, 2006: The Department of Justice moves to secure items in Foley's office.(AP)
Kirk Fordham, chief of staff to Rep. Tom Reynolds, resigns, reportedly for his role in the investigation of Foley. Fordham previously was chief of staff for Foley. (In the spring, Reynolds had raised the issue of Foley's E-mails with Hastert.) (AP)
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirms that it has begun a preliminary inquiry. (AP)
Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, calls for a group of former senators and others to investigate how the House handled the Foley matter. (AP)
Oct. 5, 2006: Former congressional page Tyson Vivyan says he received sexually suggestive e-mail from Rep. Foley in 1997. (AP)
The House Ethics Committee opens an investigation into the unfolding scandal. (AP)
Oct. 8, 2006: A former House page discloses to the Los Angeles Times that he had sex with Foley at Foley's house in Washington in the fall of 2000. The page was 21 at the time and had graduated from college, but Foley had sent suggestive instant messages to him soon after he had left the page program.
Oct. 9, 2006: A CBS News-New York Times poll shows that 46 percent of respondents believe Hastert should step down; 79 percent believe that the House Republican leadership is more concerned with politics than the safety of congressional pages.
The Washington Post reports that Rep. Jim Kolbe, an Arizona Republican, allegedly reported Foley's inappropriate electronic exchanges with pages as early as 2000. Kolbe's spokesperson confirmed that at that time a former page spoke to Kolbe's office about messages from Foley that made the page uneasy. Kolbe forwarded the complaint to Foley's office and the clerk of the House.
The House ethics committee asks members of Congress to survey current and former House pages as well as aides to find out whether others knew of Foley's inappropriate conduct or communication with male pages.
Oct. 10, 2006: Hastert warns his staff that anyone found to have covered up information regarding Foley's conduct will be dismissed.
Former page Jordan Edmund and his attorney, Stephen Jones, meet with federal officials in Oklahoma City. Edmund allegedly received inappropriate instant messages from Foley which were made public on ABCNews.com.
Kolbe issues a clarification about his actions previously reported in the Washington Post. After receiving a complaint from the former page, Kolbe says that "it was my recommendation that this complaint be passed along to Rep. Foley's office and the clerk who supervised the page program. This was done promptly. I did not have a personal conversation with Mr. Foley about the matter.
Oct. 11, 2006: When asked about the Foley affair during a press conference, President Bush remarks, "All of us want to find out the facts. I mean, this is disgusting behavior when a member of Congress betrays the trust of the Congress and a family that sent a young page up to serve in the Congress."