United States Attorney-General Designate Elliot Richardson on Friday (18 May) named Harvard Law School professor Archibald Cox, a former U.
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Background: United States Attorney-General Designate Elliot Richardson on Friday (18 May) named Harvard Law School professor Archibald Cox, a former U.S. Solicitor-General, as special persecutor in the Watergate case.
Mr. Richardson told a news conference he was confident that Mr. Cox, who served in the Justice Department during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, would be confirmed as Watergate prosecutor by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday (12 May). The committee resumes its hearings into Mr. Richardson's nomination as Attorney-General on Monday.
Mr. Cox was described by Mr. Richardson as "one of the finest Solicitor-Generals in recent years." If his appointment is confirmed, Mr. Cox will be empowered to bring indictments, allow witnesses immunity and to take any other action he considers necessary for the proper investigation of the bugging of the Democratic Party headquarters at Washington's centre last June.
Mr. Richardson told reporters at Friday's new conference:-
"I am pleased to report today that, if confirmed by the Senate, I intend to name Archibald Cox, former Solicitor-General of the United States, now Williston Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, as the special Prosecutor. Mr. Cox is prepared to assume the duties of Special Prosecutor as soon as his suitability for the position has been reviewed and affirmed by the United States Senate. I have sent his resume forward to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary with a request for a public hearing for Mr. Cox.
Archibald Cox, born in 1912, is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1937. After practising law in Roston for three years, he became an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor-General and then Associate Solicitor of the Department of Labour. In 1945, he became a lecturer at the Harvard Law School and a professor in 1946. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed him as Solicitor-General in the Department of Justice, a post in which he served with distinction for four years."
In reply to a reporter's question, Mr. Richardson said:-
"My understanding is that he will determine to what extent he will keep me informed. And that he will determine the occasions -- if at all -- he will consult me."