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House speaker asks Gonzales to probe lurid Foley case
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert has asked the Justice Department to investigate how lawmakers handled allegations that a Florida congressman exchanged sexually explicit messages with teenage congressional pages, the speaker's office said.

The rare move followed calls by Democratic leaders in the House and Senate for a swift inquiry earlier Sunday, questioning whether the GOP leadership in the House had improperly squelched concerns about former Rep. Mark Foley's contacts with pages.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the bureau was looking into whether any federal laws have been violated in the matter, but he had no further comment.

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