THE ADMINISTRATION: Deepening Doubts About the Top Cop

THE Senate confirmation hearings for L. Patrick Gray III, President Nixon's choice to succeed J. Edgar Hoover as director of the FBI, assumed new and dark dimensions last week. They not only demonstrated that Gray, the acting director since last May, might well be Nixon's least defensible appointment so far. They also revealed among high officials of the Nixon Administration and the President's re-election committee a disturbing callousness toward the law, toward proper investigative procedure and toward the truth.

Once again an aura of deception and a chummy kind of mutual self-protection...

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