Investigations: Will the Lid Stay Clamped?

After a five-month run that saw more backstage bickering than onstage performance, the Senate Rules Committee last week ended its investigation of Bobby Baker. The committee's three-member G.O.P. minority was furious. Cried Pennsylvania's Senator Hugh Scott: "The minority has been shot down by the majority!" Thirteen times the six-member Democratic majority voted against calling before the committee particular witnesses the Republicans wanted to question.

Chief among these witnesses was White House Aide Walter Jenkins, who seemed to have an immunity from, as well as an aversion to, being questioned. During the Baker hearings, Jenkins was first mentioned by Witness Don Reynolds,...

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