It's Lonely at the Top

Resignations rock the Justice Department, but Ed Meese clings to his job

As wave after wave of scandal has battered Attorney General Edwin Meese and eroded the credibility of his Justice Department, he has clung for months to the time-honored defense of officials in trouble: the accusations were politically motivated. But last week, in a series of dramatic confrontations, that defense crumbled.

First, Meese was bluntly told by William Weld, chief of the Justice Department's criminal division, that he might be subject to indictment for his dealings with E. Robert Wallach, a central figure in both the Wedtech and Iraqi pipeline affairs. Weld and Deputy Attorney General Arnold Burns, the second in command,...

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