The Justice Department: A Mandate for Clock Watching

Even his friends know Deputy Attorney General Richard Kleindienst as a very tough guy. As a campaign organizer for both Barry Goldwater in 1964 and Richard Nixon last year, Kleindienst bruised the feelings of a good many Republican leaders. Supporting the appointment of his fellow Arizonan before a Senate committee in January, Senator Goldwater observed that "he has a quality that is badly needed in this country: toughness."

Including the Washroom. Kleindienst lived up to his reputation last week with a memorandum that he circulated to each of the Justice Department's 1,050 Washington lawyers. As part of an efficiency experiment,...

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