THE FBI: Beware Agents Bearing Gifts

A $105 easy chair. A $95 walnut table. An $84 clock. A $60 set of stack tables. Plywood valances worth $45 but requiring some $290 in labor to correct faulty installation.

Even if such items had been acquired illegally, they would not add up to much, considering the potential for corruption in official Washington. In fact, the items were merely gifts that FBI Director Clarence Kelley has admitted receiving from some of his subordinates. Nevertheless, one Justice Department official has urged that Kelley be fired for accepting them; another has suggested that he...

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