But on closer inspection it wasn't quite that clear cut. Even though these three things seemed totally inconsequential on their face, people in Frank's and Massa's did think something was wrong and had communications at the staff level and later brought their concerns to members of Pelosi's staff. (Another interesting thread to the story is that Massa's chief of staff, Joe Racalto, used to work for Frank.) So it seemed to me that even though these things seemed innocuous on their face there must have been more to it that raised alarms for these folks.
Clearly, Republicans are trying to make this Foley part two. And whatever we learn about Massa's actions, the comparison with leadership's complicity is laughable. Denny Hastert and his staff knew pretty much everything that Foley was up to and took repeated efforts to keep it covered up. But we wanted to get a clearer sense of what was going on so Justin Elliott put together this timeline of everything we know to this point. Take a look.