Ethics: An Inquiry Clears Hatfield

Senator Mark Hatfield had two assets working for him as he faced a preliminary inquiry of the Senate Ethics Committee into his wife's financial dealings with a Greek businessman. One was the Oregon Republican's long reputation for integrity. The other was Hatfield's admission that he had made a serious error of judgment in helping to promote Entrepreneur Basil Tsakos' planned $6 billion oil pipeline in Central Africa.

Tsakos had paid Hatfield's wife Antoinette $55,000 for helping him find and decorate an apartment in Washington.

Two disgruntled former employees of Tsakos testified that Mrs. Hatfield had performed no broker or decorating services for...

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