National Affairs: The Defendant

When Roy Cohn took the witness stand, Committee Counsel Ray Jenkins asked: "You are not a defendant lawyer, I take it. You are a prosecutor, is that right?" The question enabled Cohn to set the tone of his testimony. "I have been, up until this proceeding, sir," he said. Thereafter, he worked hard to keep his famous temper in check, to play the part of injured innocence. "We did not make charges," he insisted. "We told what the facts were as we saw them."

The witness said that he had no animosity for Secretary Stevens,...

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