The Nation: Agnew's Nemesis at Justice

In publicly assailing Henry E. Petersen as the key figure in a plot to ruin him, Spiro Agnew is taking on a formidable opponent. A savvy bureaucratic infighter who has risen higher in the Justice Department than any other civil service employee, Petersen has many influential defenders in Washington. He is the plain speaking, rugged Chief of the Criminal Division, whose engagingly blunt testimony before the Senate Watergate committee won the respect of millions of television viewers.

His face deeply lined, his raspy voice clearly conveying his indignation, Petersen, 52, rejected all charges at...

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