Nation: Et tu, Manny?

With no choice but to carry out the House's will, Speaker McCormack last week handpicked a committee of five Democrats and four Republicans to investigate Adam Powell. As chairman, he named Democrat Emanuel Celler, a New Yorker like Powell and chief House sponsor of every major civil rights bill since 1957. Manny Celler had at the time of the Powell floor debate denounced the whole investigation as "a kangaroo court." Now he heads it.

For that matter, all five of the Democrats on the panel had previously shared McCormack's view that Powell should hang...

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