Papers Chase

A call for a special prosecutor

The Justice Department reported in February that it had uncovered no evidence of criminal wrongdoing during its investigation of how Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign obtained briefing papers from the Carter White House. Accordingly, Attorney General William French Smith decided against appointing a special prosecutor. Press interest began to wane, and the Administration breathed a collective sigh of relief that the potentially combustible case seemed closed. But last week it was revived when U.S. District Judge Harold Greene ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor. In a toughly...

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