THE SENATE: A Sense of Strain

At one brief point during the past summer, even former Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson came to question President Nixon's mental condition. In his characteristically elegant, self-assured tones, Richardson told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week: "There was a period around early July when I felt the President showed considerable sense of strain."

He described how Nixon angrily telephoned from Key Biscayne, Fla., to demand that Archibald Cox, who was then Special Watergate Prosecutor, publicly deny news accounts that he was investigating the President's financing of his San Clemente, Calif., estate. Said Richardson: "The President was certainly wrought up over...

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