INVESTIGATIONS: Let the Chips Fall (Lightly)

The cleanup job that Harry Truman promised for his malodorous federal house loomed as one of Augean scope when Judge Thomas Murphy backed away from it last December. The President seemed to have in mind a formidable probe and prosecution, a Democratic version of the Republicans' famed Teapot Dome inquiry. Last week the job turned out to be far less heroic in proportions. It called for a special assistant to the Attorney General, with powers only to investigate, leaving prosecution up to Attorney General Howard McGrath. After reportedly being refused by two...

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