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Snow on Foley Coverup: Even If Congressional Leaders Knew, White House Won’t Call For Resignations

By Judd Legum  

"Snow on Foley Coverup: Even If Congressional Leaders Knew, White House Won’t Call For Resignations"

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Appearing today on ABC’s “Good Morning America” White House Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked, “If it turns out that the leadership knew or had reason to know about what Congressman Foley was doing in those e-mails should they be forced to resign?”

He responded, “I don’t get into the calls for resignation, especially when it comes to members of the House.” Watch it:

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Yesterday, White House counselor Dan Bartlett announced his opposition to an independent investigation of the Foley coverup.

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Transcript:

CUOMO: Congressman Foley, a lot of letters going around now by Republicans and their leadership calling for investigations and accountability.

Let me ask you this simple question: If it turns out that the leadership knew or had reason to know about what Congressman Foley was doing in those e-mails should they be forced to resign?

SNOW: I don’t get into the calls for resignation, especially when it comes to members of the House.

People got to figure out what happened here. Members of the leadership as well as Representative Foley — or former Representative Foley — look, it’s a terrible story and I think people deserve to figure out what went on.

On the other hand, I think what you’re seeing also are a lot of people trying to figure out, OK, can I get political advantage out of this?

Let’s figure out what the facts are. Let’s take it one step at a time. There will always be time for people to call for investigations and so on. Frankly, I think we just need to get to the facts.

CUOMO: But we do know, Tony, that many of the calls for investigations are coming from Republicans. And we do know that as long as five years ago there were warnings to pages about Congressman Foley.

Where’s the accountability here on the part of the Republicans? Doesn’t someone have to step down if they knew about this?

SNOW: Well, again, Chris, you’re assuming that I know what’s been going on for the last five years. You and I are just trying to figure it out.

CUOMO: You are aware that five years ago they were giving warnings to pages about this congressman, though, right Tony?

SNOW: Yes, I am aware of it. But, again, I’m telling you, Chris, you got to figure out what’s going on.

What would you do? What would you do?

CUOMO: It’s not for me to decide, Tony. It’s just for me to ask the questions.

SNOW: OK.

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