Arrest[ edit ] The bathroom at the Minneapolis—St. Paul airport in which the incident occurred On June 11, , Craig was arrested at the Minneapolis—Saint Paul International Airport on suspicion of lewd conduct. After about 13 minutes of sitting in the stall, the police officer observed Craig lingering outside and frequently peeking through the crack of the door on the stall. Craig then entered the stall to the left of the officer's stall. The police officer made the following observations, which he recorded in his report of the incident, as to what happened next: At hours, Craig tapped his right foot.
I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area. Craig then proceeded to swipe his left hand under the stall divider several times, with the palm of his hand facing upward.
Craig initially said no, but he ultimately complied with the officer's request to leave the restroom. After Craig and the officer left the restroom, Craig was reluctant to go with the officer and demanded the officer show his police identification a second time. Once the officer complied with the request, Craig, the arresting officer, and a police detective, who was stationed outside of the restroom, went to the airport police station.
At one point, Craig handed his business card to the arresting officer, which identified him as a U. Senator, and said to him, "What do you think about that? The detective reported that no one answered the telephone for the airline, and the arresting officer proceeded with the interview. According to the arrest report prepared by Sgt. Dave Karsnia, "Craig stated He has a wide stance when going to the bathroom and that his foot may have touched mine.
According to the transcript of the police interrogation, Sgt. I'm a fairly wide guy. The officer disputed Craig's version by saying, "there was not a piece of paper on the bathroom floor, nor did Craig pick up a piece of paper. The officer disputed Craig's version, alleging that Craig used his left hand because his thumb, "was positioned in a faceward motion. According to the police report about Craig's return, Craig said he wanted information for his lawyer.
Senator Craig signed the petition to enter his guilty plea, which contained the provisions, "I understand that the court will not accept a plea of guilty from anyone who claims to be innocent I now make no claim that I am innocent of the charge to which I am entering a plea of guilty. Rogers reported on more recent activity in various places throughout the nation.
Rogers's report prompted Craig to issue a denial. Paul Airport and his subsequent guilty plea in that case. A college student, who was considering pledging at Craig's fraternity at the University of Idaho in , told a reporter for the Idaho Statesman that Craig led the student to his bedroom and, "made what the man said he took to be an invitation to sex. According to the man's story about the encounter with Craig, the man "reported having oral sex with Craig at Washington's Union Station , probably in I was trying to handle this matter myself quickly and expeditiously.
I am not gay. I never have been gay In June, I overreacted and made a poor decision. I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in hopes of making it go away Please let me apologize to my family, friends and staff and fellow Idahoans for the cloud placed over Idaho.
I did nothing wrong at the Minneapolis airport. I did nothing wrong, and I regret the decision to plead guilty and the sadness that decision has brought on my wife, on my family, friends, staff and fellow Idahoans.
Craig's arrest provoked a small flurry of attention to that earlier scandal, and it was suggested that Craig had absorbed a lesson from it: But steadfast, straight-in-the-eye denial just might get him off the hook. On August 30, the Statesman called for Craig's resignation. In that interview, Craig denied wrongdoing and claimed that he was a victim of entrapment. Coleman and Senator Susan Collins ME announced that they would donate campaign contributions received from Craig's political action committee to charity.
Leahy said further that the Republicans were motivated by politics, in that Craig would be replaced by a Republican governor while Vitter would be replaced by a Democratic governor. Ensign, for the Republicans, denied the double standard, saying on ABC that Craig had pleaded guilty to a crime while Vitter was only accused.
On September 4, , a spokesperson for Craig indicated that he was reconsidering his decision to resign,  if his conviction was rapidly overturned and his committee assignments were restored.
The motion argued that Craig had entered the plea under stress caused by media inquiries into his sexuality. He stated that he intended to "continue my effort to clear my name in the Senate Ethics Committee—something that is not possible if I am not serving in the Senate.
In September , Craig's attorney argued before a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals that there was insufficient evidence to find Craig guilty of a misdemeanor.
In December , the appellate court rejected this attempt to have the guilty plea tossed out and rejected the constitutional challenge to the charges. Larry has never met Mike Jones. Craig used the money to pay for his defense in the case. In an August filing, Craig's lawyer Andrew Herman wrote "Not only was the trip itself constitutionally required, but Senate rules sanction reimbursement for any cost relating to a senator's use of a bathroom while on official travel"; the filing cited an FEC ruling that allowed former Congressman Jim Kolbe to use campaign funds for his legal defense in the Mark Foley scandal.
Paul Airport bathroom in which the incident occurred gained notoriety. A New York City councilman is shown "foot tapping" and runs his hand under the wall of the stall occupied by Lupo Jeremy Sisto. Lupo subsequently arrests the councilman who later loudly declares "I am not gay!
Similarly, a December episode of Boston Legal was based on this scandal; where William Shatner 's character Denny Crane was arrested for solicitation in a bathroom, because of tapping in a stall while constipated. Larry Craig's name is directly referenced.