FBI Fumbles

Investigating the investigators

In January 1981, days after President Reagan's Inauguration, the FBI'S second-ranking official appeared before a Senate committee to assure its members that they could go ahead with Raymond Donovan's confirmation as Secretary of Labor. FBI agents, he testified, had found nothing unsavory in Donovan's business dealings as a construction executive, despite the rumors of underworld connections. One troubled Senator asked if the investigation might not have been more thorough. No, replied Executive Assistant FBI Director Francis Mullen, "I do not know what else we could have done."

As it turned out, there was a lot the FBI could and should...

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