You Sold Your Office

A scandalous congressional fund-raising system goes on trial along with the Senate's Keating Five

There was none of the crackling tension of Army v. McCarthy or Iran-contra, yet last week's hearings of the Senate ethics committee were almost as historic. Never before had five Senators faced the judgment of their peers in such a public tribunal. Seated at separate tables to underscore their differing levels of involvement with indicted savings and loan wheeler-dealer Charles Keating, the five were fighting to regain reputations earned in a lifetime of public service. Their common challenge, as described in the gravel tones of committee chairman Howell Heflin of Alabama, was to erase the perception that "your services were bought...

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