No Smoking Gun

Justices in the clear

It had been a tough two weeks for William Rehnquist. Questions about his views on race and his role in the preWatergate Justice Department had briefly threatened to stall his nomination as Chief Justice of the U.S. The White House made matters worse by invoking Executive privilege to withhold his memorandums advising on ways to handle the civil disturbances and other legal matters of the early 1970s.

But last week the Justice Department handed the memos over. They proved less than explosive, and the heat quickly drained from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. Said Republican Senator Charles Mathias: "There's nothing that...

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