Nov 22, 2006, 17:27 WEST PALM BEACH, Florida Florida authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the sexually explicit computer messages that disgraced lawmaker Mark Foley sent to male former interns.

“It was a preliminary inquiry before, but we found the basis to open up a criminal investigation,” Kristen Perezluha, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said on Nov. 16. She would not elaborate.

The FBI is investigating whether Foley broke federal laws with his messages to teenaged former congressional pages and the House Ethics Committee is looking into whether senior Republican officials hid what they knew about the messages.


And what would the basis to open up a criminal investigation be, I wonder?

Not too hard to at least come up with some guesses.

How much will be publicly known, after the investigation, is the question.

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