FBI Foul-Ups

Bungling the Donovan case

The interim report of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee investigating the confirmation of Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan was damaging enough. The 46-page text, which was issued last week, accused FBI Director William Webster and then Executive Assistant Director Francis Mullen of withholding information that raised serious questions about Donovan's fitness for office. As a result, the committee charged, the FBI "usurped the Senate's constitutional responsibility" and "compromised the Senate's ability to inform itself."

But the documents and testimony buried in the report's 885-page appendix are potentially more...

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