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New evidence reveals what three Senators did in exchange for Keating's hefty campaign gifts

Among Washington's chummy power brokers, it is not unusual for a Senator to ask a federal regulator about an investigation involving his constituents. But can the timing of such an inquiry mean that improper influence was exerted? How about calls made to an official's unlisted home telephone number late at night or at 5:30 in the morning?

The Senate ethics committee was faced with such fine questions last week in its plodding probe of five Senators who may have gone too far in their attempt to get federal officials off the back of Charles Keating, a generous contributor to their campaigns....

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