Nation: Yes to Civiletti

Bell confronts his critics

The FBI was not the only major problem confronted by Griffin Bell last week: for seven weeks the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed acting on the confirmation of Benjamin Civiletti, 42, as Deputy Attorney General. Finally Bell came before the committee. "You may be aiming at me or the President," he drawled in a booming voice. But in any case, he said, the stalling has "hurt the Department of Justice, which is a valuable institution."

Bell was particularly peeved with Republican Chief Inquisitor Malcolm Wallop, 45. During 17 days of hearings,...

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