Investigations: Conflict of Interests

Democrats, quite understandably, wish that the Bobby Baker case would quietly disappear. Republicans, also understandably, would like to keep it wide open at least until November. This conflict of interests has caused some spectacular fireworks in the staid Senate chamber.

Slow Burn. New Jersey Republican Clifford Case helped bring things to a head by urging that the Rules Committee reopen the Baker probe and question Senators. "When I hear of an employee of the Senate boasting that he has ten members of this body in his hand," said Case, citing a statement attributed to Baker, "I do a...

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