A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 30, 1970

AS a correspondent who regularly covers the Justice Department, TIME'S Dean Fischer is thoroughly accustomed to taking down the measured words of pipe-smoking Attorney General John Mitchell. Interviewing Martha Mitchell is something else entirely, as Fischer found out a year ago during his first reporting session with her. When he arrived at the Mitchells' Watergate apartment, he was armed, as usual, only with pad and pen. "It was a mistake," Fischer recalls ruefully. "I asked her only a few questions, but her words tumbled out faster than I could write them down. At one point, watching me hastily scribble notes,...

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