Investigations: Setting Up the Fall Guy

Testifying in the Billie Sol Estes investigation, former Agriculture Department Official Emery ("Red") Jacobs spoke a classic bit of bureaucratese. "The state to which the situation has been definitized," he said, "is uncertain."

Well, maybe, and maybe not. One thing that had been "definitized" was that Under Secretary Charles S. Murphy, 53, the No. 2 man in the department, is in for a hard time before the subcommittee when he appears, probably this week. To many it appears that he is being set up as the fall guy.

Witness Jacobs, who was ousted from the department on charges that he had...

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