Mark Levin Interviews Bob Bennett; Bennett Deconstructs the Media Myth Regarding Sen. McCain and Keating
Note: This serves to at least partially answer ABC's David Wright's idiotic question.
Bob Bennett is a man of integrity, and the Democratic half of the political Bennett Brothers. He appeared last night on Mark Levin's nationally syndicated radio show to debunk the media myth built-up around Arizona Senator John McCain's role in the Keating Five mess circa the late 1980s and early 1990s.
(Brother Bill served as Secretary of President Ronald Reagan's Department of Education and Director of President George H.W. Bush's Office of National Drug Control Policy, and is now a nationally syndicated radio host in his own right, of "Bill Bennett's Morning in America.")
Bob Bennett is an attorney, and was at the time of the Keating Five scandal hired by the Senate Ethics Committee as Special Counsel to lead the investigation into what had happened. After over a year of exhaustive examination, Bennett recommended that Sen. McCain (and Sen. John Glenn of Ohio) be exonerated of all charges having to do with the Keating scandal. The ethics committee, which was majority Democratic, rejected Bennett's recommendation.
From the Washington Post's The Trail (by Michael Abramowitz), we have the following:
Bennett said former Sen. Howell Hefflin (D-Ala.) insisted that the two be included in the formal public inquiry because otherwise there would have been a month of public hearings "with no Republicans in the dock." The other members of the Keating Five were Democrats.
Concluding his discussion of Sen. McCain with Levin, Bennett said "I saw nothing in my investigation that would call into question John McCain's ethics."
The media and the Barack Obama campaign have begun to dredge up the Keating Five incident in response to Sen. McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's discussions of Illinois Sen. Obama's extensive relationship with the unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers. The Weather Underground committed several bombings, including of the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and several police stations.
Sen. Obama served as the first Chairman of the Board for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a radical left-wing educational charity founded by Ayers. Ayers also hosted in his home the launch party for Sen. Obama's first run for political office.
The audio of the Levin-Bennett interview can be found here.