Hearing and Believing

The Senate begins surveying Reagan's Cabinet choices

He anticipated at least two days of tough grilling from the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, if not on his foreign policy views, then on his actions as Richard Nixon's chief of staff during the final months of the Watergate crisis. So four days before the hearing opened, he met privately with Republican Senators on the committee to work out what Californian S.I. Hayakawa delicately called "friendly" answers to the expected hostile questions. But when Alexander Meigs Haig Jr., Ronald Reagan's nominee for Secretary of...

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