L. Patrick Gray, a key pawn in the growing stalemate between Congress and the Nixon Administration, was removed from the board last week, but not before one last attempt to salvage his confirmation as director of the FBI. For weeks, the White House, at least in public, had stuck by Gray while he was being grilled in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for his partisan handling of the agency and the Watergate investigation. But his testimony had deeply embarrassed several top Administration officials and disillusioned some of his supporters in Congress. Finally, at the White House's bidding, Attorney General...

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