Major Speeches and Debates of Senator Joe McCarthy Delivered in the United States Senate, 1950-1951

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DECEMBER 19,1950
Statement on David Karr and Drew Pearson

Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. President, I have a file which I desire to insert in the RECORD today, containing photostats of the so-called Karr report, via the Executive Director and Chief Examiner of the Civil Service Commission, dated June 25, 1943. Before doing so, however, I should like to mention the fact that last week I discussed on the Senate floor the service being rendered to the Communist Party by a radio commentator named Pearson. I pointed out that his collaborator and the man through whom he receives orders and directions from the Communist Party is one David Karr, who was and is a very active and important member of the Communist Party.

Pearson, as was to be expected, immediately denied Karr's membership in the Communist Party. He made a statement to the effect that if Karr is a Communist, then the Washington Monument is a hole in the ground. Lest there be any doubt about this particular phase of the Pearson case, I am today reading into the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD the opinion rendered to the Civil Service Commission from the office of its Chief Examiner. That report should require no comment. Please keep in mind that this is one of those secret reports never supposed to come to the eyes of the American people. I assume Mr. Pearson did not know we had this report when he denied Mr. Karr's membership in the Communist Party.

I believe I fully covered a few days ago the important connection between David Karr and Drew Pearson. As I pointed out at that time, David Karr is the connecting link between Drew Pearson and the Communist Party. He is the man who assigns to Pearson the important task of conducting a character assassination of any man who dares to stand in the way of international communism.

As I pointed out the other day, the first major task which Pearson and his cabal had was to destroy Chiang Kai-shek. The next was to destroy Forrestal. The Job now assigned to them is the destruction of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. They are doing that job with the same viciousness, degeneracy, and lack of adherence to the truth that he and his group have always followed.

Let me read to the Senate the secret report of the Civil Service Commissioner at he time David Karr was working for the Government. Prior to that time he had been working in the Office of War Information, either under Mr. Lattimore, in the western portion, or under Mr. Joe Barnes, who was in the eastern portion. I do not know which. I think Senators are acquainted with the record of Lattimore. Mr. Joe Barnes also has been named as an active member of the party.

Subsequently Mr. Karr applied for a job as senior liaison officer, CAF-12, $4,600 a year, in the Office for Emergency Management.

I read from the report:


STATUS OF KARR CASE

Mr. David Karr was appointed senior liaison officer, CAF-12, $4,600, Office of Facts and Figures, Office for Emergency Management, February 5, 1942, subject to investigation.

Mr. Karr has no pending eligibilities or applications and his case has been returned without fingerprint clearance.

Investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March, April, May, and June 1942.

I wish Senators would keep in mind that I am reading from the report of the Office of the Executive Director and Chief Examiner of the Civil Service Commission. I continue:

Additional investigation was conducted in April 1943 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, because Karr was the subject of complaints coming within the purview of Public Law 644, of the Seventy-seventh Congress. He was interviewed twice in connection with the Investigation. The first time was on April 21, 1943, and again on May 10, 1943.

In his application, executed January 31, 1942, Mr. Karr stated he was born in New York City August 24, 1918, attended grammar school from 1924 to 1931; high school, 1931 to 1936; New School for Social Research from February to June 1937, and has been attending George Washington University since September 1941.

He lists his employments as February 1935 to January 1938, World-Telegram reporter, paid by assignment on space basis, etc.; June 1937 to January 1938. New York DailyMirror

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