The New Republic published an explosive story Saturday evening detailing how John McCain, in all likelihood, leaked information to investigators of the Keating Five scandal that was designed to help his image at the expense of the other four Senators involved.
If the allegation is true — and TNR makes a healthy case as to its veracity — it would mean that McCain violated Senate rules and could have been expelled from that body.
“All five senators — including McCain — had testified under oath and under the U.S. penal code that the leaks did not come from their camps,” Sahil Mahtani reports. “The leaks were also prohibited by rules of the Senate Ethics Committee; according to the rules of the Senate, anyone caught leaking such information could face expulsion from the body.”
But this is not be the only instance in which McCain defied the rules of the Senate when seeking to absolve himself of any wronging in the Keating affair. Public records in Arizona reveal that the Senator was also dishonest in discussing the extent of financial transactions he and his family had with the disgraced Savings and Loans chief.
Let’s see, McCain defies the rules, leaks information, and then lies under oath. I think that spells out very clearly what we would have under a McCain Presidency. And when he was impeached we’d be stuck with President Palin. YUK!
This SURELY EXPLAINS why McCain got off with a reprimand while everyone else suffered more serious consequences.