DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: The Capable Man in the Middle

To a nation that has traditionally placed high trust in its law-enforcement agencies, one of the grimmer sides of the Watergate scandal was the success displayed by White House officials in manipulating the U.S. Justice Department in its investigation of the affair.

To restore confidence in the department, President Nixon named a star-quality Attorney General: Elliot Lee Richardson, a man who had not the slightest connection with Watergate and who could convince voters that justice would finally be brought to bear on those responsible for the scandal. Last week, as Richardson was...

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