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  •  He also will not investigate his colleagues (none)
    I saw much of MTP last night also, and was equally disgusted.  After saying that all spending has to be considered for cuts before any tax changes, he also said that he will not investigate any of his colleagues, regarding the Abramoff scandal, and in general he washed his hands of any ethics issues.  It was reprehensible.

    MR. RUSSERT:  Senator, you said you're going to follow the money, but are you also going to investigate which legislators may have taken money and used that to influence legislation, to write into law what you're suggesting...

    SEN. McCAIN:  Tim...

    MR. RUSSERT:  ...the behavior of senators, your colleagues?  Are you going to investigate them?

    SEN. McCAIN:  The--I will not, because I'm a chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee.  This was brought to our--this whole thing started--was brought to us--attention by some disgruntled tribal council members in a small tribe in Louisiana, and we took it as far as we thought was our responsibility, which is where the money ends up.  I'm not as--we are responsible for Indian affairs.  We have an Ethics Committee.  We have a government--we have other committees of Congress, but we also have a very active media.  And believe me...
    MR. RUSSERT:  Does the Ethics Committee work?

    SEN. McCAIN:  I don't think...

    MR. RUSSERT:  In all honesty?

    SEN. McCAIN:  I don't think the Ethics Committees are working very well.  The latest Cunningham scandal was uncovered by the San Diego newspaper, not by anyone here...

    MR. RUSSERT:  Duke Cunningham, the congressman from California.

    SEN. McCAIN: Washington.

    MR. RUSSERT:  Do you believe that some legislators have committed a crime?

    SEN. McCAIN:  Well, I don't want to--everyone deserves the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.  I'm not a judge and jury.

    MR. RUSSERT:  But there's strong evidence to suggest that.

    SEN. McCAIN:  There's strong evidence that there was significant wrongdoing, but I'm not a judge or jury.

    MR. RUSSERT:  Do you think some legislators may be indicted?

    SEN. McCAIN:  All I know is what I read in the media.  We stopped in the Indian Affairs Committee with where the money went, and that was our--the extent of our responsibilities.

    There was more, but it just makes me ill.  He is completely compromised and he's dangerous because some people still have faith in him.

    "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

    by joanneleon on Mon Dec 05, 2005 at 08:28:03 PM PST

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