Living in Glass Houses

Politicians and their lieutenants know better than anyone that amid the feverish intensity of an important campaign ethical lapses can occur. "Morals in Washington, DC" says Carter Administration Attorney General Griffin Bell "are different from morals in the rest of the country." Bell and other once and future Washingtonians do not defend political transgressions, particularly if they involve campaign intelligence gathering that shades into active campaign espionage. But concerning the Carter briefing-book affair, most political professionals have avoided easy pieties. TIME asked several Democratic veterans what each would have done had his camp been...

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