Investigations: Comeuppance for the Pickens Kid

Robert Gene Baker had lain for months like a dead cat at the door of the U.S. Senate. Few inside seemed in any rush to kick him away. True, the sharp, ferret-eyed kid who had left his native Pickens, S.C., at 14 to become a Senate page had been charged with gross impropriety for using his post as a Senate aide to become Washington's No. 1 influence peddler. But he had survived two sideshow investigations by the Democrat-packed Rules Committee, which was not anxious to strike down the man who had been Lyndon Johnson's protégé and top aide. And he...

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