Investigations: Melons & Malfeasance

Even before Under Secretary of Agriculture Charles Murphy had a chance to speak for himself, six Democratic Senators, like so many John Aldens, leaped up to defend him. Oregon's Wayne Morse went so far as to solicit an opinion from Harry Truman. Said Morse: "Mr. Truman authorized me to say on the floor of the Senate this afternoon that he knows Charles Murphy to be an honest man through and through." Murphy could only be grateful for such testimonials. Throughout nine weeks of hearings by a Senate subcommittee, past and present Agriculture...

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