THE HEARINGS: Tales from the Men Who Took Orders

Senator Sam Ervin's Watergate committee has promised to expose all the secrets of the scandal, but while the various accusations and defenses reverberated through the top levels of Washington last week, the Ervin committee lumbered along in pursuit of lesser men.

In the long, slow process of building their case, the committee members were paternally patient, indulgent even, as they questioned, one after another, the fixers and followers and bearers of messages. As the witnesses testified, they soon revealed that they had been drawn into the affair without quite realizing what they...

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