Seems to be alot of misinformation being spread around by the Dems concerning John McCain’s involvement with the Keating Five. Well, the best place to look for the truth of the matter would be from the man who actually conducted the investigation and submitted his report to the Senate Committee.
That would be Robert S. Bennett, a Democrat who wrote about his experiences in a book entitled In The Ring: The Trials Of A Washington Lawyer which was published by Random House in 2008. Here is the relevent excerpt from pages 133-134:
|“At the completion of my investigation, I filed my report with the committee. I recommended that no further action be taken against Senators McCain and Glenn principally because once they learned that there was a criminal referral, they stopped aggressively doing Keating’s bidding with the regulators.”
“After reviewing my report, the committee voted on October 23, 1990, to hold a public adjudicatory fact-finding hearing in the matter as to all five senators. This was perhaps the first time the recommendation of a special counsel not to charge a senator was rejected. This was pure politics as the Democrats on the committee did not want to cut McCain loose so that only Democrats would remain in the proceedings. If Senator McCain was not going to be cut loose, in retaliation the Republicans were going to keep Senator Glenn in the proceedings. McCain was the victim of politics, and poor Glenn was held captive to the decision on McCain. So much for nonpartisanship.”
“Although the public airing of the factual details helped confirm why Senators McCain and Glenn should be exonerated of ethics charges, it hurt DeConcini, Cranston, and Riegle.”
So, for those of you clinging onto the lie that Sen. McCain was never exonerated for his involvement, the truth is that Bennett himself, the man who investigated the whole thing, said: “Senators McCain and Glenn should be exonerated of ethics charges.”
Also note that two of those former Senators, Riegle and DeConcini, have now endorsed Obama.
You can access the complete on-line entry here:
Democratic Counsel Robert Bennett On John McCain And Keating Five: ‘Pure Politics’
October 6, 2008