The Senate: The Fortas Impasse

The nomination of Abe Fortas as Chief Justice of the United States has been bottled up in the Senate Judiciary Committee ever since President Johnson sent the nomination to the Senate on June 26. Last week, as Congress reconvened after the conventions, the committee was once again scheduled to consider his appointment. This time, its members did not even field a quorum to review the issue.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield acknowledged that "opposition has hardened and may well have increased" during the recess. Even so, the President argued angrily at a...

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