WASHINGTON — Two top Senate Democrats were cleared on Friday of any wrongdoing when they received loans through a special VIP program run by Countrywide Financial Corp., though both should have exercised better judgment, Senate investigators said.

The bipartisan Senate Select Committee on Ethics said it found "no credible evidence" that either Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut or Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota knowingly sought out a special loan or treatment because of their standing.

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