The Nation: A Judicious Choice?

A judge, of all people, was once pressed to head the Administration's Intelligence Evaluation Committee. That was the shadowy group that some investigators believe carried out parts of the 1970 White House intelligence-gathering plan, which President Nixon insists was scrapped because of J. Edgar Hoover's objections. John Ehrlichman made the pitch to an old friend, Morell E. Sharp, then a Washington Supreme Court justice and now a federal judge appointed by Nixon. According to Sharp, Ehrlichman told him that Nixon wanted the committee. So he took two "redeye" flights from Seattle to the...

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