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--a defection, in effect.
Did you develop any, to the extent that you followed this
testimony and the public comments these Senators made, did you
hypothesize as to whether they were perhaps compensating for the fact
that they voted for Edwin Meese, and finally came down and said,
“Reagan can't have it all. We gave him Meese. Now, we're going to
talk this one away from him.”
That was not my interpretation. I think they were reacting
specifically to Reynolds' civil rights' record, and his distortion--
Distortion or omission?
But actually he said one thing that was against the fact
there, and that could be checked. That was a little too much. These
men really considered credibility without regard to ideology an
important factor in the high officials in the Justice Department.
Now, that comes back to your question about Meese. But the Meese
thing would seem to make possible differences of interpretation as to
whether he did or did not violate ethics in terms of loans from
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