Sens. John McCain and John Glenn both predicted complete exoneration from allegations of influence peddling Friday after emerging unscathed from their testimony before the Senate panel probing the conduct of the so-called Keating Five senators.
McCain, R-Ariz., and Glenn, D-Ohio, became the first of the senators to testify under oath as a witness in ethics committee hearings into claims that they and Sens. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., and Donald Riegle, D-Mich., improperly pressured bank regulators to benefit S&L operator Charles Keating Jr. and his Lincoln Savings and Loan of Irvine, Calif. Keating contributed $1.3 million to the senators' political campaigns and causes.The panel's special counsel, Robert Bennett, has already urged the committee to clear both McCain and Glenn of wrongdoing.
Glenn faced no pointed questions during his testimony, instead outlining his own ethics guidelines and recounting long-revealed details of the case.
Asked after the hearing whether he had any doubt over receiving complete exoneration, Glenn said: "I don't. I've thought that for the last year, too. But I'd like to see it finalized."
McCain faced a somewhat tougher series of questions, particularly from panel chairman Howell Heflin, D-Ala. But, during later questioning, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., assured McCain that it was "exceedingly clear that you did nothing improper."