If a politician is faced with a series of damaging revelations, in a newspaper for example.
A useful stratagem to employ, from the ‘Standard Handbook of Political Practice’, Chapter Six. Damage Limitation, Page 267:
Is for one to identify a crime, of which one has not been accused. Publicly claim you have been! Then make a song and dance about referring it to the Police for investigation and sit back and wait for them to clear you!
You then argue that you have been cleared of all wrongdoing, innocent as a newborn babe and you should be allowed back into the bosom of the Party!
Rehabilitation without any of the issues being investigated!