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Dodd, Conrad Cleared in Ethics Probe on Countrywide Loans (Friday pm news dump)
Market Watch ^ | August 7, 2009

Posted on 08/07/2009 2:35:32 PM PDT by khnyny

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Two key Democrat senators were cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee on Friday from year-long investigations about whether mortgages they obtained from Countrywide Financial Corp. violated the senate's rules on gifts.

The bipartisan committee, which supported the decision unanimously, did scold the senior lawmakers, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., for not being more careful in their dealings.

"While the committee finds no substantial credible evidence as required by committee rules that your Countrywide mortgage violated Senate ethics rules, the committee does believe that you should have exercised more vigilance in your dealings with Countrywide in order to avoid the appearance that you were receiving preferential treatment based on your status as a senator," the committee told both Dodd and Conrad.

(Excerpt) Read more at marketwatch.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: 111th; bankingcrisis; bribe; chrisdodd; congress; conrad; corruption; countrywide; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; dodd; doddscandals; graft; injusticedepartment; kentconrad; payoff; probe

1 posted on 08/07/2009 2:35:32 PM PDT by khnyny
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To: khnyny

Just a coincidence he got a preferred loan. Really. Honest mistake.

Meanwhile the ethics charge against Tom DeLay STILL has not been brought to trial.


2 posted on 08/07/2009 2:37:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: khnyny

surprise, surprise, surprise!!!!! No justice anymore.


3 posted on 08/07/2009 2:37:23 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: khnyny

BIPARTISAN MY A##, criminals covering for criminals


4 posted on 08/07/2009 2:37:30 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Reagan dead is doing more for America than zero alive)
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To: khnyny

Of course he did..............where’s the freakin’ BARF ALERT! These people get away with EVERYTHING, including MURDER.


5 posted on 08/07/2009 2:38:13 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Marysecretary

What you said...


6 posted on 08/07/2009 2:39:36 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Marysecretary

No, there isn’t any justice. I’m sure Michelle is now “proud of her country”.


7 posted on 08/07/2009 2:46:29 PM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: khnyny
But of course.

And these people wonder why we are pissed off!! They can't be trusted, PERIOD!

8 posted on 08/07/2009 2:50:14 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: khnyny
The foxes guarding the hen house have taken care of their own. Despicable!
9 posted on 08/07/2009 2:52:22 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: khnyny
Democrats investigating Democrats will NEVER find fault. Amazing that one who sat on the Banking Committee and one who sat on the Finance Committee didn't realize they were getting favors? Beyond incredible. But maybe they really were that stupid. After all, they are Democrats.
10 posted on 08/07/2009 2:53:10 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: unixfox

Exactly. This will only add fuel to the fire this August. People are pissed over these double standards for elected (especially liberal) politians.

Someone post that illustration from Animal Farm showing the pigs walking out of the barn.


11 posted on 08/07/2009 2:53:57 PM PDT by TMA62 (TMA62)
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To: khnyny
FWIW - These are the geniuses on the Senate Select Committee on Ethics who signed off on this finding:

Barbara Boxer D-CA
Mark Pryor D-AR
Sherrod Brown D-OH
Johnny Isakson R-GA
Pat Roberts R-KS
James Risch R-ID

http://ethics.senate.gov/downloads/pdffiles/dodd_080709.pdf

12 posted on 08/07/2009 2:53:58 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: khnyny
This joke of a Senate Ethics Committee is chaired by the detestable Chucky Cheese Schumer. Looking at the Republicans on the committee, it's not difficult to see how they went along with this charade:


13 posted on 08/07/2009 2:54:46 PM PDT by Dahoser (The missus and I joined the NRA. Who says Obama can't inspire conservatives?)
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To: ronnie raygun

...the bipartisan committee....

They cover for each other. The last one they really punished was Packwood, wasnt it? He was french kissing and grab a..... the gals up there pretty blatantly.


14 posted on 08/07/2009 2:55:58 PM PDT by mono
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To: khnyny

Friday P.M. sweep under the rug.


15 posted on 08/07/2009 2:56:29 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (It's the spending, stupid!)
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To: Marysecretary
JUSTICE AT THE POLLS, MY FIREND !!
16 posted on 08/07/2009 3:02:35 PM PDT by W-Girl
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To: Menehune56

Probly (sic) these guys

Johnny Isakson R-GA
Pat Roberts R-KS
James Risch R-ID

got the hand slap put in there...


17 posted on 08/07/2009 3:03:13 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try BIGOTS.))
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To: khnyny
No wonder they, and we, get the impression that they can DO anything...beaut, aint it?
18 posted on 08/07/2009 3:04:45 PM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! (Objective media? Try BIGOTS.))
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To: W-Girl

Exactly. We’re the ones with the real power but liberals are so stupid (as well as other pubbies) that they don’t think past their noses when voting. Vote the one in that will bring the most pork. Well, not this gal.


19 posted on 08/07/2009 3:06:14 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: madison10

LOL. And ain’t it the troot.


20 posted on 08/07/2009 3:08:16 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: khnyny

Cleared? Sheesh..........


21 posted on 08/07/2009 3:08:35 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Marysecretary

What a whitewash.


22 posted on 08/07/2009 3:11:41 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: rockabyebaby

>> Of course he did..............where’s the freakin’ BARF ALERT! These people get away with EVERYTHING, including MURDER. <<

Uncle Ted can attest to that.


23 posted on 08/07/2009 3:11:41 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: nutmeg; neverdem; justiceseeker93; ExTexasRedhead; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; ...

This is a huge whitewash!!!


24 posted on 08/07/2009 3:31:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

On a positive note, it helps Dodd to survive a primary.


25 posted on 08/07/2009 3:32:55 PM PDT by yongin
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To: Clintonfatigued

It could have been worse—they could have said that Conrad was wholly innocent and Dodd guilty as sin, forcing Dodd to announce that he would not be seeking reelection (thus making CT AG Blumenthal the likely frontrunner and reducing our odds of winning the Senate seat from 60% to 20%) in return for keeping his Senate seat for another 17 months (and his congressional pension for life) and staying out of jail.


26 posted on 08/07/2009 3:37:27 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: GraceG

EXACTLY!


27 posted on 08/07/2009 4:37:01 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Exactly. Only the democrats can get away with it though. Can you imagine the brouhaha if it were a conservative or a republican? (I rarely put the two together, LOL.)


28 posted on 08/07/2009 6:07:01 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Exactly. Only the democrats can get away with it though. Can you imagine the brouhaha if it were a conservative or a republican? (I rarely put the two together, LOL.)


29 posted on 08/07/2009 6:07:29 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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