Idaho Paper Spills Years of Dirt on Craig

Some question why story wasn't released earlier
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2007 8:22 AM CDT
Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., left, talks with Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, center, and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., during a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005 at the Department of the Interior in Washington....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Idaho Statesman today released the results of a five-month investigation into charges of sexual improprieties against Sen. Larry Craig—including an encounter in a Washington, D.C., train station described to the paper by the other man. The paper held the story for months after Craig denied the allegations. The senator's guilty plea Aug. 8 in charges stemming from another bathroom stall incident became public yesterday.

Meanwhile, many in the blogosphere question why the Statesman chose to wait until now to release the article, which details accusations going back to Craig's college days, including a Senate page scandal in the early 1980s. The paper said it didn't have enough evidence to publish;  bloggers wonder whether the Statesman was threatened with legal action.