THE FBI: Political Orders

While the White House has tried to ignore some unpleasant FBI findings in the Watergate case (see following story), it has used the agency in an unprecedented way to aid the Nixon campaign. In September, TIME learned last week, Presidential Assistant John Ehrlichman asked the FBI for expert advice to aid Republican campaigners. L. Patrick Gray, acting director of the bureau, forwarded the request as an order to 21 FBI field offices in 14 states.

The aim was to get FBI agents' guidance on how the President and his surrogates might handle...

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