Denied Access to Critical Data, FDLE Concludes Investigation into Former Congressman Mark Foley
On September 30, 2006, former Governor Jeb Bush directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to begin an inquiry into allegations of inappropriate communications between U.S. Representative Mark Foley and former House Pages. The purpose of the investigation was to determine if any such communications sent from or received in Florida violated state law. On October 1, 2006, then Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, sent a letter to former Governor Bush requesting an investigation of Mr. Foley’s conduct with current and former House pages to determine what extent any of his actions violated Florida law.
This investigation has concluded and the findings were discussed with State Attorney William Eddins of the First Judicial Circuit. Eddins has confirmed there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges.
“FDLE conducted as thorough and comprehensive investigation as possible considering Congress and Mr. Foley denied us access to critical data,” FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said. “Should additional information arise which is pertinent to this case, we will ensure it is appropriately investigated.”
FDLE’s investigative summary is attached. The full report is available upon request.
For more information, contact:
Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office