The Nation: The FBI After the Hoover Era

FOR the present, President Nixon has chosen not to try to fill J. Edgar Hoover's shoes. In order to avoid turning the succession into a political issue during an election year, he named only an acting director. If Nixon wins reelection, he will settle on a permanent successor after November. If he loses, White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler suggested last week, he will leave the selection to the new President.

His interim choice is 55-year-old L. Patrick Gray III, a burly former Navy captain who has been a Nixon friend since they met...

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