The White House and Impropriety

Are private sector ethics failing the Reaganauts in office?

It was a fine week for scandal buffs. On Tuesday, Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan denounced his principal accuser in a bribery investigation as a "damnable and contemptible liar," and insisted that a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate the matter further. Next day the Justice Department announced that it was obliging Donovan, as, in fact, it had planned to do even before he spoke out. Within hours, Attorney General William French Smith closed down a separate inquiry into the affairs of Richard Allen, the White...

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