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Dorgan praises Conrad's character; won't predict outcome of ethics committee investigation

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said his colleague from the state is a man of "great character and integrity."

Dorgan, in an interview with WDAY-AM radio, was responding to questions about Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and a senate ethics investigation.

Conrad is under fire for being linked to a questionable mortgage from Countrywide Financial.

Dorgan said Conrad is a good man but wouldn't discuss whether he believes Conrad will be cleared.

Conrad has denied knowingly accepting a discounted mortgage.

Dorgan said he expects the ethics committee will conduct a fair investigation.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., also faces a similar ethics probe relating to Countrywide.