The Lamont Case: History of a Congressional Investigation

The Lamont Case: History of a Congressional Investigation

The Lamont Case: History of a Congressional Investigation

The Lamont Case: History of a Congressional Investigation

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Although the subtitle of this three-hundred and odd page book is History of a Congressional Investigation, what it offers is, properly speaking, not a history, but the records which an historian of the Lamont Case must depend on in order to write its history. Mr. Wittenberg's commentary embodies a sketch of the history, but its purpose is to serve as connective tissue between the documents. It makes a significantly small part of the whole book. The paramount interest resides in the twenty- five documents themselves: the subpoena; the summons; the telegrams; the letters; the transcript of the hearings before a "committee" consisting solely of the practitioner of "MCCarthyism"; the editorial comment in newspapers; the debates in the Senate as reported by the Congressional Record; the indictment; the defendant's motion to dismiss it; the counsel's brief for the defendant; the government's memorandum in reply; the defendant's answer to the memorandum; his attorney's letters to Judge Weinfeld; Judge Weinfeld's opinion dismissing the indictment; the order doing so; editorial comments on the judge's decision; the subsequent debate in the Senate on the "abuse of Congressional investigatory power"; the government's notice of appeal from Judge Weinfeld's decision; the Appellee's brief in reply to the government's appeal; the government's reply to the reply; the unanimous decision of the Court of Appeals sustaining Judge Weinfeld, condemning the government for "attempting to hang onto and retain for trial, indictments for offenses which it cannot support in law"; the motion of the government entering the order . . .

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