Gary Condit: Clinton Redux

                Hartford Courant Editorial
                July 18, 2001

                Once again, the nation's capital is consumed by scandal
                involving a public officeholder and an intern.

                The details of Rep. Gary Condit's situation are not identical
                with Bill Clinton's lying under oath about his relationship with
                Monica Lewinsky. But any smart lawmaker would have
                learned from the Clinton affair that obfuscating, misleading,
                denying and telling untruths will not work.

                Mr. Condit has chosen to live in a glass house and he
                cannot draw the curtains and pretend nothing has happened.
                Yet the California congressman has done just that and, in
                the process, served himself and his constituents poorly.

                He should have cooperated with investigators from the
                moment Chandra Levy disappeared on May 1. He should
                have volunteered to take a lie detector test administered by
                the FBI. He should have been forthright about his relationship
                with Ms. Levy, who is his constituent and had worked as an
                intern at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Washington.

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           Dodd Helped Friend Secure Presidential Pardon
                By DAVID LIGHTMAN
                The Hartford Courant, February 24, 2001

                WASHINGTON - Sen. Christopher J. Dodd personally wrote
                President Clinton a two-page letter requesting a pardon for
                Edward Downe Jr. of New York, who pleaded guilty in 1993
                to violating tax and securities laws. Clinton granted the full
                and unconditional pardon last month.

                Downe, a former director of the Bear Stearns investment
                firm, was also accused by the Securities and Exchange
                Commission of providing inside information to friends and
                family in the late 1980s, an effort that, according to the SEC,
                allowed them to amass $13 million in profits. Dodd, who was
                present at Downe's sentencing hearing in 1993, is an old
                friend. "They've known each other for 20 years," said Dodd
                spokesman Marvin Fast. "He's a very good friend."

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