Nation: Civiletti for the Defense

He mollifies a suspicious Senate subcommittee

Did he or didn't he? Boiled down to its essentials, that was the question as U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti strode purposefully into the ornate Senate Caucus Room last week. He was there to answer a subcommittee's questions about whether he, the nation's chief law enforcement officer, and his aides had properly handled their investigation of Billy Carter's dealings with Libya. In six hours of skilled testimony, Civiletti made a stout defense. Said he: "I am both comfortable with and proud of the conduct of the department in this matter."

Civiletti readily admitted one error: telling reporters...

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