The Nation: Crossfire Cuts Gray

Any lingering possibility that L. Patrick Gray III would win Senate confirmation as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation seemed to evaporate last week. First, the hapless Gray was undercut by the Nixon Administration when Attorney General Richard Kleindienst ordered him to stop talking about the FBI's investigation of the Watergate wiretapping at his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Then Gray infuriated the White House by conceding to the committee that John W. Dean III, President Nixon's chief legal counsel, probably had lied to FBI agents. All but abandoned by the Administration and under fire from Democratic critics,...

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