Monday, October 06, 2008
Keating Five Invalid Attack On McCain
Keating Five Special Prosecutor (A Democrat. - Drake)] Robert Bennett, who would later represent President Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones case [...] in his opening remarks went lightly on McCain, the lone Republican ensnared with four Democrats.
"In the case of Senator McCain, there is very substantial evidence that he thought he had an understanding with Senator DeConcini's office that certain matters would not be gone into at the meeting with (bank board) Chairman (Ed) Gray," Bennett said.
"Moreover, there is substantial evidence that, as a result of Senator McCain's refusal to do certain things, he had a fallout with Mr. Keating."
In the end, McCain received only a mild rebuke from the Ethics Committee for exercising "poor judgment" for intervening with the federal regulators on behalf of Keating. Still, he felt tarred by the affair. [He was tarred by the Dems. - Drake].
McCain noted that Bennett, the independent counsel, recommended that McCain and [John] Glenn be dropped from the investigation.
...Bennett, who was the special investigator during the Keating Five scandal that The Times revisited in the article, said that he fully investigated McCain back then and suggested to the Senate Ethics Committee to not pursue charges against McCain because of "no evidence against him."
...he said that he felt the Committee pursued charges against McCain because, without him, the case would have been entirely against Democrats.
The Pharisees smeared Jesus by pointing out that he was keeping the company of prostitues, sinners, tax-collectors.
Who anybody is friendly with is an irrelevant distraction and is character assasination.
What is important is specific actions, especially actions taken in the context of public service.
John McCain was not censured by the Senate Ethics Committee, true. But he was NOT EXONERATED by that body. He was, in fact, reprimanded. How convenient that this fact gets swept under the rug by McCain supporters.
"Exercising questionable judgement" is the phrase, and it's an exceedingly valid point for discussion, particularly when McCain brags about being "exonerated" in this affair.
I think we need officials who don't "exercise questionable judgement" in their official capacities.
Is "judgment" your standard? If it is, I hope your objective enough to consider seriously Obama's (bad) judgment in his associations with Tony Rezko, Rev Wright, Fthr Plager, Larry Walsh, Donnie McClurkin, William Ayers, Obama's voting for allowing aborted babies be left to die. Seriously, is that the kind of judgment standard you're using?
Bennett, the independent counsel, recommended that McCain and [John] Glenn be dropped from the investigation.
Those are facts. There was nothing to prosecute McCain on, yours is a politically biased and emotional reaction. It belies facts.
I see you're an independent and fair thinker, by a photo of McCain at your blog with a subtitle: McCain has become a lying sleaze-ball.
I also see where you wrote a post not in favor of the $800+Billion bailout - on that we agree and find common ground.
The prosecutor couldn't find any significant charges to prosecute McCain. Would you have preferred he made some up? Is this what you want?
Guilt by association...STEVE, DEMS do that all the time, it's all they do. Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, K-Street, Bush, Bush, Cheny, Bush, Santorum, Bush, Cheny...
give me a break.
Are you saying Obama is Jeebus because of the company he keeps? LMAO!
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