THE FBI: WHY RENO'S TIN EAR IS NO LONGER A VIRTUE

Janet Reno can read the letter of the law. The question is whether she is missing the larger story. Last week, for the fourth time, the Attorney General decided not to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Democratic campaign fund raising. Relying on the advice of Justice Department lawyers who are conducting their own probe, she pointed to the language of the independent-counsel law. It requires "specific, credible evidence" of a crime by high-ranking federal officials. If the department inquiry turns up a smoking gun, she says, she'll pull the trigger on an investigation. But not before. "The best thing...

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