INVESTIGATIONS: McCommitteeism

For 17 months, the Senate subcommittee on Privileges and Elections fitfully investigated Wisconsin's Republican Senator Joe McCarthy and Connecticut's Democratic Senator William Benton. Reasons for the investigation were 1) Benton's resolution to expel McCarthy from the Senate on the ground of unfitness, and 2) McCarthy's resolution to dispose of Benton in like manner. Last week, the subcommittee turned in its report.

It had been a tough 17 months. One subcommittee member, Idaho's Republican Senator Herman Welker, and two investigators had charged that the subcommittee was being unfair to McCarthy, and had resigned....

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