THE ADMINISTRATION,ECCENTRICS: Kleindienst Steps Up

THE ADMINISTRATION

It was a rare breach in his stony façade when Attorney General John Mitchell last spring lost his customary calm because an aide predicted for newsmen the number of antiwar demonstrators who would appear at the Capitol. The Justice Department, Mitchell snapped, should not be making crowd predictions. One reporter persisted: How many were expected to participate? "No more than four or five thousand," replied Deputy Attorney General Richard Kleindienst, who was also present. "Damn it, Kleindienst," said the exasperated Mitchell, "why don't you keep your mouth shut?"

Keeping his mouth...

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