The four ethics committee members serving as investigators are not tipping their hands on the timetable or whether they plan an interim report before the Nov. 7 elections. Polls have shown the scandal has hurt Republicans, who are trying to maintain their majority in both houses.The only way the committee would "tip their hand" before the elections is if they found out that Hastert was telling the truth about finding out only last month that Foley was a sexual predator. This is not going to be the case, given how many others have come forward to say it isn't so.
Republicans have asked the committee to interview Democrats, to see whether they had copies of Foley's messages and strategically released them near the election. Nothing to support the accusation has turned up publicly.
And it's just wishful thinking to look for Dems who knew about it any earlier than the rest of us. I can't see a Dem holding on to this information just to create an October surprise. No, this would have come out sooner if the Dems knew of it then. That way the "ethics" committee (like they'd know an ethical act if it bit them in the ass!) would have had to do something with it before the election.