NPR | Oct 2006 | Hastert Stands Firm in Face of Foley Scandal

The House Ethics Committee has now joined those examining the conduct of former Congressman Mark Foley. The committee will investigate Foley’s e-mails to underage pages and the actions of House leaders. That includes the speaker, Dennis Hastert, who says he did nothing wrong and will not step down.

Let’s begin our coverage with NPR’s Brian Naylor.
BRIAN NAYLOR: Hastert met with reporters outside his congressional district office in Batavia, Illinois. He was by turns defiant and apologetic.
Representative DENNIS HASTERT (Republican, Illinois; Speaker of the House): I’m deeply sorry this has happened. The bottom line is that we’re taking responsibility because ultimately, as someone has said in Washington before, the buck stops here.

Hastert says he is looking for what he termed a person of high caliber to advise House leaders on the program. The person he had in mind was former FBI director Louis Freeh. But House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has objected. In the meantime, the House has set up a hotline for anyone wishing to report concerns about Foley.

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Roll Call | Oct 2006 | Fordham to Testify Before Ethics Panel

Kirk Fordham, the one-time top aide to ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), will testify under oath before the House ethics committee this week about warnings he claimed to have given Speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-Ill.) chief of staff in 2003 or earlier, regarding Foley’s inappropriate contacts with former Congressional pages, according to his lawyer.
The ethics panel is also expected in coming days to begin interviewing GOP lawmakers and staff who were aware of initial, non-sexual e-mails that Foley sent to a former teenage male page last year, as well as examining what Republican leaders did with that information when informed of Foley’s activities. Dozens of sexually explicit electronic messages between Foley and former male pages have been released during the past 10 days, forcing him to resign from office and spurring investigations by both the Justice Department and ethics committee.


But Hastert and other top Republicans eventually decided that an independent counsel investigation “would drag on for months” — well into the 110th Congress, said a senior House GOP aide. That would not provide any political benefit for Republicans, who needed to show some immediate progress in restoring credibility to the House, the aide said. Bennett declined to comment on his talks with Hastert’s staff.

Dreier also played a role in the now-discarded plan by Hastert to bring in former FBI Director Louis Freeh to oversee an examination of the page program itself. Hastert told Pelosi on Thursday that he was ready to ask Freeh to take on that assignment, but Pelosi objected and Hastert eventually dropped the idea.

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Fox News | Oct 2006 | Hastert Says He Did Nothing Wrong in Foley Page Scandal

House Speaker Dennis Hastert defiantly declared Thursday that he’d done nothing wrong relating to the growing Capitol Hill page scandal, and vowed to run again for speaker after the GOP wins back the House in next month’s election.

“I’d like to run and presumably win in this election, and when we do, I expect to run for leader, for speaker,” Hastert said.
The Illinois Republican said he is taking full responsibility for not being more aggressive in the investigation of former Rep. Mark Foley’s inappropriate communications with two underage pages, but said he only heard about Foley’s e-mails and explicit instant messages to one of the pages after it appeared in the press last Friday, Sept. 29.
“Our children need to be protected and we’re going to do everything we can to protect them,” Hastert told reporters gathered outside his district office in Batavia, Ill.
“I only know what I’ve seen in the press and what I’ve heard. The fact is we have turned this whole thing over to the FBI,” he said, adding that the system of protecting pages, “obviously isn’t designed for the electronic age of instant messages.”
Hastert had been expected to name an independent House investigator to look into Foley’s communiqués with pages and the GOP’s handling of it, with former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s name floated as a possible choice. Hastert, however, did not make that announcement.
“We’re looking for a person of high caliber to advise us on the page program,” he said. “I reached out to the Democrat leader and shared with her some of the ideas and we hope to resolve this soon.”
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House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime | July 1997 | THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, PART III

    Today the subcommittee holds the third and final hearing in a series of oversight hearings concerning the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    One year ago, on July 27, 1996, a bomb exploded in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia at approximately 1:20 a.m. One person was killed by the blast. Another person died as a result of the commotion following the explosion. And more than 100 people were injured.
    Coming, as it did, in the middle of the summer Olympics, the explosion drew international attention. Despite the efforts of hundreds of Federal, State and local law enforcement officials, this crime remains unsolved.

    On January 16 and February 21 this year, two other bombings occurred in Atlanta. Federal officials now believe that one or more persons may have been responsible for all the bombings. Yet these other crimes also remain unsolved.

    One year ago today, the news media, first in Atlanta and then across the Nation, named Richard Jewell as a prime suspect in the bombing. Mr. Jewell had been employed as a private security guard during the Olympics and discovered the green knapsack which contained the bomb. Mr. Jewell reported the knapsack to authorities and helped to move spectators in the park away from the site where the bomb when it blasted occurred.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Jewell’s actions saved the lives and helped to significantly reduce the number of persons who were injured by the bomb blast. Despite his actions, information provided to the FBI by a number of sources caused agents to decide to investigate Mr. Jewell further and then to seek to interview him. That interview was held at the Atlanta office of the FBI.

    During the course of the interview, it appears that the agents used what has now been referred to as a ruse or a ploy to induce Mr. Jewell to agree even to the interview itself or at least to agree to the taping of the interview. During the course of the interview, Director of the FBI, Louis Freeh, gave an order to supervisors in Atlanta that Miranda warnings were to be given to Mr. Jewell. The manner in which the agents gave those warnings to Mr. Jewell has been the subject of much discussion and speculation, and is a key aspect of our hearing today.

    Specifically, the subcommittee has a number of questions which it will put to the witnesses before it.

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Foreign Policy | May 2015 | To Catch the Devil

By Trevor Aaronson

In another case, Craig Monteilh—the bodybuilder turned con man, and the informant in the American Civil Liberties Union’s 2011 case—spent months spying on mosques while pretending to be a convert to Islam named Farouk al-Aziz. In December 2007, police in Irvine, California, charged him with stealing $157,000 from two women as part of a scam to buy and sell human growth hormone. Monteilh later claimed FBI agents instructed him to plead guilty in order to protect his cover; in exchange, the charges would eventually be removed from his record. In a 2010 lawsuit against the FBI, however, Monteilh alleged that the bureau reneged on its promises. He later dropped the suit after agreeing to what he terms a “confidential settlement.”

The FBI often seems quick to wash its hands of trouble that informants cause or allegations they raise. But no matter how murky or embarrassing an informant’s involvement in a case is, it rarely hampers an agent’s or handler’s career. Steve Tidwell, who supervised Monteilh’s operation, retired from the bureau and is now a managing director for former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s private security firm.

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MarketWatch | May 2015 | Lumber Liquidators steps up campaign to restore trust — but is it too late?

[What could go wrong? Who will Freeh blame?]

Ciara Linnane, Corporate News Editor
Tomi Kilgore, Reporter

After months of defending its China-sourced laminates against allegations that they contain higher-than-acceptable levels of a known carcinogen, Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. caved on Thursday, suspending the sale of all Chinese-made flooring until a special committee has completed a review.

The wood-flooring retailer LL, -0.28%  tacitly admitted it has a public-relations problem on its hands by hiring a true heavy hitter to help it clean up its act.

“The Special Committee engaged Freeh Group International Solutions … to assist with its review of the Company’s compliance program and related policies,” the company said in a statement. That’s the company created by Louis Freeh, the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Shares of the Toano, Va.–based Lumber Liquidators surged as much as 7% on the news, before slipping back to close in the the red. The stock has taken a battering since a “60 Minutes” report in early March alleged that the company had sold Chinese-made laminate flooring to thousands of Americans that contained high levels of formaldehyde, a chemical known to cause cancer, flouting California regulations.

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Centre Daily Times | May 2015 | Judge in Paterno suit orders Louis Freeh papers turned over


A judge has shot down a continuing challenge from attorneys for Pepper Hamilton and Penn State in the lawsuit filed by the estate of Joe Paterno.

Potter County Senior Judge John Leete, specially presiding over the case in Centre County Court, handed down an order that dismissed the claims of attorney-client privilege and work product that the university and the law firm have made for months.

Pepper Hamilton, the firm that merged with Freeh, Sporkin and Sullivan after former FBI director Louis Freeh delivered his university-commissioned investigation of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, was ordered to deliver requested discovery documents within 30 days of the judge’s directive, dated Tuesday.