WASHINGTON — Countrywide's VIP program not only benefited numerous members of Congress, but also assisted a handful of Capitol Hill staffers and HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson as the mortgage lender built a large web of political influence prior to the financial crisis, according to a congressional report released Thursday.

The Republican staff of the House Oversight Committee, which has been probing the Countrywide VIP program since late 2008, appears to have finally closed the door on the matter with the release of the 136-page report.

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