Mr. Forrester, who wrote a letter that appeared Thursday, checked in with this information:
So, not room in the A.M. for the truth?
The Senate Ethics Committee has cleared Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) on allegations that they violated ethics rules by receiving mortgages through Countrywide Financial’s “VIP” program for influential borrowers. The committee did, however, admonish both senators for not being more “vigilant” in their mortgage applications to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.
In a letter to Dodd, the committee writes, “The Select Committee on Ethics informs you that after an extensive year-long investigation, it is dismissing a June 13, 2008, complaint from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government, which requested that the committee investigate whether mortgages you obtained from Countrywide violated the Senate Gifts Rule.”