Sen. Dodd Admits To Being Under Senate Ethics Inquiry

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        Sen. Chris Dodd (D - CT ) admitted Wednesday the reason he has not released documents on his controversial mortgages was because he is under an U.S. Senate ethics inquiry.
       Dodd was speaking in favor of legislation on mental health at the Institute of Living in Hartford.
     The Hartford Courant quoted Dodd as saying, "That's probably what I should have explained earlier and didn't, and I apologize to you for not laying this out. 'Why wasn't he willing to turn over documents? What's the reason?' The reason is, of course, there's this ongoing inquiry."
     The Courant reported that he denied any wrongdoing. "I never sought any special treatment. I never was offered any special treatment," he said.

      Last week the Senatortold Fox 61's Shelly Sindland he was tired of answering questions about themortgages he received from Countrywide Financial, a major player in thesubprime mortgage crisis. Dodd said, "I understand there are some otherquestions and we'll get to it at another time."

      A that time whenSindland asked if he would release the records, Dodd said, "The mortgage stuff is public ...it'sin the public record--so, certainly  wewill at some point."

     Senator Dodd also said he thoughtpeople are more worried about the economy than what's in his mortgage documents.

     However, criticslike State Republican Party Chair Chris Healy said his sweetheart deal, could bepart of the problem. Healy said last week,  "Countrywide Financial spent a lot of moneytrying to win friends in Washington andwhat they did is they got many people like Senator Dodd---not to be payingattention, as many banks were falling and failing." Healy continued, "There must be something there---theremust be something there either embarrassing to him or something muchworse."

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