Investigations: Leak On, Washington

Leak On, Washington

The Senate's ill-advised attempt to discover who leaked last year's FBI confidential report on Anita Hill's sexual-harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas has come to a dead end. Last week Senate Rules and Administration Committee chairman Wendell Ford rejected special counsel Peter Fleming's request to subpoena the telephone records and notebooks of New York Newsday's Timothy Phelps and National Public Radio's Nina Totenberg, the two journalists who broke the story. While urging Fleming to press ahead with his effort to find the leakers (most likely Senate staff members), Ford deprived the counsel of his most potent investigative weapon. The Kentucky Democrat, who...

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