"They said, get out of Congress or we're going to throw you out. They called in the FBI and the Department of Justice to investigate." -- Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman, CNN's "Late Edition"Thing is, it never happened. The GOP leadership never got a chance to talk to Mr Foley after the story broke. When ABC's Brian Ross confronted Mr Foley with damning copies of emails and IMs, Mr Foley stepped down quickly -- before the GOP leadership knew ABC's hand.
GOP leaders knew at least as early as this past spring about the communications, but never asked Mr Foley to resign. (CNN)