OF PRIDE AND POWER

THE SENATE PROVIDES THEATER AS THE HOUSE UNEARTHS TELLTALE PAPERS

As a tactic, humility was clearly not an option. Not for Bernie Nussbaum. In repeated exchanges with Republicans on the special Senate Whitewater committee last week, the former White House counsel defiantly insisted that he had done exactly the right thing in July 1993 when he restricted the ability of federal investigators to review documents in Vince Foster's office in the days after Foster's apparent suicide. "I'm proud of my conduct," Nussbaum declared at one point. To which Alabama's Richard Shelby, a former Democrat, replied with a convert's contempt for his old faith: "You're probably the only person in America who's...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!