Oral History Interview with
Matthew J. Connelly
Chief investigator for the Senate Special Committee
to Investigate the National Defense Program (the Truman Committee), 1941-44,
Executive Assistant to Senator and Vice President Truman, July 1944-April
1945; and Appointments Secretary to the President, 1945-53.
New York, New York
November 28, 1967
By Jerry N. Hess
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Oral History Interview with
Matthew J. Connelly
New York, New York
November 28, 1967
By Jerry N. Hess
HESS: Mr. Connelly, the primary interest in our interview is, of course,
your relationship with Mr. Truman. What was that relationship and when
did it begin?
CONNELLY: I did not meet the then Senator Truman until the day I walked
into his office. I was recommended by Senator Lister Hill of Alabama.
I was purposely trying to establish another relationship which Senator
Hill had suggested as a trouble-shooter for the White House. Senator Hill
called me one afternoon and said he would like to see me and to call him
off the Senate floor. I made that appointment, and
Senator Hill took me
back to his office in the Senate Office Building and there he said, "We
just had a meeting today of the Military Affairs Committee," of which
he was a member and of which Senator Truman was a member. Senator Hill
told me that Senator Truman was going to have to have a very important
investigation, and he wanted me to work on his committee. I was not very
happy about it because of the original understanding I had with Senator
Hill, however, I kept the appointment with Senator Truman on the following
morning. I walked into his office; I had never met him, as I said before,
so he said, "Come in." He said, "I know all about you. I know what you
did in Missouri, Chicago, and other committees you've been on. We have
a very peculiar situation here. I have been authorized to become chairman
of this committee, however, it has not been determined what our appropriations
to be. I do not know what I can pay you, but I will say this
to you, if you go along with me, you will never have any reason to regret it."
I replied, "Senator, I came in here to say no, but the way you talk is
refreshing in Washington and you've got yourself a deal."
"Well, we're agreed, so we'll arrange for space and some of the mechanical
things like handling the mail."
I said, "I'd be very happy to." And that's where it began.
HESS: Who was the first one hired for the staff of the Truman Committee?
CONNELLY: Matthew J. Connelly.
HESS: In one of the books I have read by Harry Aubrey Toulmin, Jr., Diary
of Democracy, he mentions that "Fulton's first step was to
both a legal staff and a staff of investigators; in that he showed his
capacity and from that organization much of the success of the Committee
grew. One of his smart moves was to pick Matthew J. Connelly as his chief
investigator, a keen, diligent and discreet man with an unusual grasp
of governmental procedures," but Mr. Toulmin just had his chronology wrong,
is that right, in saying that?
CONNELLY: Yes, he was in error on that, because Mr. Fulton was not hired
as counsel to the committee until after I'd been appointed by Senator
HESS: He was hired the last day of March--March 31, 1941. Tell me about
the staffing of the Truman Committee. You were the first one that Senator
Truman got for the staff. Who came next? Just how was this staff set up
CONNELLY: The second appointment of the committee as far as I know, was
Charles Patrick Clark, and Charles Patrick Clark did not know of my conversation
with Senator Truman. We had previously worked together on the Committee
to Investigate Campaign Expenditures under the chairmanship of Senator
Gillette of Iowa. Charles Patrick Clark later told me that he was appointed
to the committee through the good offices of Senator Smathers of New Jersey.
He knew nothing about my previous conversation with Senator Truman, and
amusingly he later took credit for getting me the job. So the first two
appointments were myself and Charles Patrick Clark.
HESS: Toulmin goes on to say, "The first staff primarily consisted of
Hugh Fulton as chief counsel, his assistant and later his successor, Rudolph
Halley, Harold G. Robinson, its auditor,
Matthew Connelly, its chief investigator,
and its present chief counsel, George Meader." So he left out Charles
Patrick Clark but included the other men which we will get to here in
just a minute.
One question I would like to ask before we get on to the men who served
on the Truman Committee, could you tell me a little bit about the committees
on the Hill that you had served for before this time? Just a little bit
of your background on the Hill.
CONNELLY: Yes, my first experience on the Hill was an investigation of
the relief program in Washington, D.C.
HESS: What time was that?
CONNELLY: That was in 1938. It was a joint committee of the House and
Senate. We conducted an investigation of the relief program
D.C.--in other words, the local welfare program. That lasted for a period
of, I would say, about six months. Senator Thomas of Oklahoma was the
chairman of that committee. From that I went to the House Appropriations
Committee to investigate the WPA. The chairman of that committee was Congressman
Tabor of New York--no, he was the ranking Republican member--the chairman
was Clarence Cannon who was also chairman of the full Appropriations Committee.
So from there I went to the Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures
in the election in 1940. That was under the chairmanship of Senator Gillette.
On that committee was Senator Hill of Alabama who I had worked under as
chairman of the subcommittee to investigate the Kelly-Nash machine in
Chicago. This was about four weeks before the election of 1940. From there
Senator Hill, after the conclusion of the hearings in Chicago, asked me to go to
Alabama to make an investigation of the Willkie campaign. He
was then campaigning for President. Which I did. After completion of that
investigation, I returned to Washington and that is when Senator Hill
suggested to me that he wanted me to go with Senator Truman.
HESS: Did you find that the background that you gained in serving on
those other committees helped you in your duties on the Truman Committee?
CONNELLY: Well, it certainly did because I was conscious of one thing,
I learned what members of Congress had to do--what their responsibilities
were, what their problems were--and my number one job was to do the bidding
of the chairman of that committee which I always found to be fair.
HESS: Mr. Connelly, what positions did you hold
on the staff?
CONNELLY: I held the position of Chief Investigator and that is all.
HESS: I have read that you and Charles Patrick Clark at different times
held the job as Executive Assistant. Is that title incorrect?
CONNELLY: That title was never used on the committee.
HESS: Never used on the committee. Well, I have read in a couple of books
that someone was assigned to help the chairman with some of the various
duties and their title might have been Executive Assistant. That was just
CONNELLY: That was incorrect.
HESS: Now, let's review a few of the people who served on the committee
and if you could tell me what their respective backgrounds were,
why these particular people were called in to be members of the committee--this
is asking you to remember back quite a ways, but if they have any specific
duties that you recall--any times that you may have worked with them--anything
that might help scholars out in a better understanding of the people who
served on the Truman Committee? Now the list I have is not complete.
CONNELLY: Are you referring to the members of the Truman Committee?
HESS: The staff.
CONNELLY: I think it should be the staff.
HESS: The staff of the Truman Committee, that's right. I'll ask you about
the Senators a little later. That is quite right. Sometimes I say Truman
Committee and what I mean is the staff and not the Senators, but we'll get into
those later. Now the ones that I have listed here I have in alphabetical
order. The first is William Boyle, Jr.
CONNELLY: William Boyle, Jr. was a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He
was hired by Senator Truman, the chairman. He had practiced law in Kansas
City; he had been known to Truman for many years. When he arrived in Washington
Senator Truman called me to his office and told me that while Boyle did
not know much about the Washington pattern, he was going to put him under
my wing, and he would appreciate it if I would steer and guide him through
the maze of Washington, which I was happy to do. William Boyle became
a very successful investigator for the committee. He later became secretary
to Senator Truman when his then secretary, Harry Vaughan, had been called
to active duty in the Army. So Bill Boyle
left the committee and worked
directly in the office of Senator Truman. He later became an assistant
to the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Bob Hannegan, and
then following that became chairman of the national committee.
HESS: Do you recall anything that he may have had a hand in--any particular
assignment he may have had in the days of the Truman Committee?
CONNELLY: Well, specifically no, but I think one of the major projects
he was on was the housing problem. I know he had worked on other phases
of the Defense Program but I'm sure that was one of them.
HESS: How were the various assignments allotted to the committee members,
to the staff members?
CONNELLY: Assignments were allotted three ways: either by Senator Truman
himself, by Hugh
Fulton, or by myself.
HESS: Did you try to pick a person who may have some special competence
in a field or did it depend on who was available at the time?
CONNELLY: The recruiting was largely done by Charles Patrick Clark who
was associate counsel. Charles Clark would interview these boys first;
then he'd refer them to me and if we agreed that the fellow had the potential
then that fellow was appointed. In some instances members of the committee's
staff were recommended by Senators but in most instances on the basic
force that we had, it was done through that channel. Sometimes Hugh Fulton
also picked his own men for investigators on the committee.
HESS: After the men were already hired and on the committee though, how
were the assignments made?
CONNELLY: It all depended on what we thought each investigator was particularly
qualified for. It's hard to say why each one would get a certain assignment.
Sometimes it might have been the fact that he would be available when
other investigators were engaged in something else.
HESS: Fred Canfil.
CONNELLY: Fred Canfil was an old wartime buddy of Senator Truman. Fred
Canfil was on the committee, but Fred Canfil I would not say was one of
the most qualified investigators we had on that committee. He was kind
of an independent operator and reported only to Senator Truman.
HESS: Only to Senator Truman?
CONNELLY: That's right. If Canfil had a little problem or was getting
mixed up in something, Senator Truman would call me and ask me to
on this or find out whether Canfil had the facts, could they be corroborated,
and in other words, complete the investigation that Canfil had originated.
HESS: Was there any particular field in which he was particularly qualified for?
CONNELLY: Canfil reported directly to Senator Truman. Senator Truman,
I don't believe, many times knew what Fred Canfil was doing, but after
he would roam around on his own--he never reported to me, he never reported
to Fulton--but after he roamed around and got his nose into something,
he'd tell that to Senator Truman and then Senator Truman would tell me
to check it out.
HESS: A man we mentioned several times, Charles Patrick Clark. Just what
was his background?
CONNELLY: Charles Patrick Clark was graduated from
Georgetown Law School.
He had worked on several congressional committees. In fact the first time
I met him was as a member of the staff of the then Gillette Committee
to Investigate Campaigning Expenditures in 1940, so I got to know him
on that committee. Then later he was appointed by Senator Truman to the
committee staff and then he became associate counsel.
HESS: Were there any particular areas of investigation that he spent
more time on than others?
CONNELLY: No, I don't believe he ever made any investigations. He handled
the administrative side of the committee.
HESS: For that matter did Hugh Fulton, who was chief counsel, take part
in any of the investigations?
CONNELLY: He took part in some of them on the
basis of initiating them,
but the leg work was left up to the staff members who were investigators.
HESS: The next one in line is William S. Cole.
CONNELLY: William S. Cole was appointed to the committee by Senator Truman
through the influence of Senator Owen Brewster of Maine. He was a personal
friend of Senator Brewster, and in the interest of harmony--Mr. Truman
took a bipartisan attitude toward the committee--he never asked one person
who was employed by the committee what his politics were, and Senator
Truman insisted it be bipartisan. Cole was a very able lawyer from Maine,
and Cole did a very thorough job.
HESS: Hugh Fulton, the next name in line. We've mentioned him several
times, but what was Mr. Fulton's background?
CONNELLY: Mr. Fulton was a graduate of the University of Michigan Law
School. He came to the Truman Committee from the Department of Justice.
He was an assistant United States Attorney in New York and later, I believe,
on one case, the Associated Gas and Electric Company, he was made a special
assistant to the Attorney General to prosecute that case in New York.
Mr. Fulton came to the committee on the recommendation of the then Attorney
General, Robert Jackson. When Senator Truman called Mr. Jackson to his
office and told him he was going to have this committee, and he wanted
the best lawyer in the Department of Justice to become counsel for him.
So that's how Mr. Fulton came into the Truman picture.
HESS: Was he a good chief counsel?
CONNELLY: Hugh Fulton was a very good lawyer, but he was completely inept
in the political
conditions that you must face in any job of that nature
working for the Congress of the United States.
HESS: Could you give me an illustration of that statement?
CONNELLY: Mr. Fulton had the opportunity once in a while to step on other
people's toes because Mr. Fulton moved pretty quickly--very bright--but
sometimes not quite the right judgment.
HESS: Rudolph Halley?
CONNELLY: He was a protege of Mr. Fulton's. He was U.S. Assistant District
Attorney in New York and he worked under Mr. Fulton in the case that Mr.
Fulton worked on as a special assistant to the Attorney General.
HESS: And then when he resigned in '45, he went into practice with Hugh
CONNELLY: That's correct.
HESS: Walter Hehmeyer?
CONNELLY: Walter Hehmeyer was also an appointee of Hugh Fulton's. He
was designated to handle the press, because he never had experience in
investigation, so he became the press officer with the title of investigator.
HESS: Just how was that done? How was the committee's relationship with
the press carried on?
CONNELLY: Well, Hehmeyer was the contact with the working press. In other
words, if they wanted to know something about the committee's activities,
their first step would be to go see Walter Hehmeyer. He was liaison between
the committee and the press.
HESS: Was the relationship between the committee and the press very good?
CONNELLY: Very good.
HESS: Could you give an illustration?
CONNELLY: Well, an illustration would be after the completion of the
first report of the committee, it was very widely seized upon by the press,
and after that first report the press picked up more interest. They realized
that this was going somewhere and this would be news.
HESS: Were there any problems of information being leaked to the press,
information that the committee would really not want to be known?
CONNELLY: Not that I knew of.
HESS: Did Mr. Hehmeyer conduct most of the business himself or was anyone
else on the committee assigned to help him in that field?
CONNELLY: He conducted that himself. He reported directly to Fulton.
HESS: Robert L. Irvin?
CONNELLY: Robert L. Irvin, he was also hired by Charles Clark. He was
graduated from the University of Michigan and he was a very able investigator.
HESS: Donald M. Lathrom?
CONNELLY: He was also hired by Clark, so when he arrived on the committee,
I talked to him and told him we wanted to know something about what was
going on in our program of defense in the Air Corps section, so he was
assigned to conduct the investigation of the air program, which he did,
and that's the only thing he ever worked on with the committee.
HESS: Did he do a pretty good job on that?
CONNELLY: He did a very good job.
HESS: Frank E. Lowe?
CONNELLY: Frank E. Lowe was a brigadier general from Maine. Now, exactly
how he became tied up with the committee, I do not know, except it was
through the influence of Senator Brewster of Maine, also a member of the
committee. Lowe's activities were always kind of a mystery to me because
he never reported to me, but he established himself as sort of a liaison
between the committee and the War Department, so whether he was on the
committee's payroll, I don't know but I don't believe he was.
HESS: One of the items I found that concerned General Lowe came from
Toulmin's book and he says, "One of the most important factors in the
cooperation of the Committee with the War Department was the appointment
of Major General (then Brigadier General) Frank E. Lowe. He was not a
liaison officer but he was the executive
officer of the Committee." He served from
August 11, '44 to May 16, 1946. That's what Toulmin has about it.
CONNELLY: Well, it may be that he became an executive assistant after
I left the committee, this I don't know.
HESS: They called him executive officer, in the lower case, so I don't
think that was a specific title.
CONNELLY: He never made any investigations.
HESS: Getting off the track just a little bit, how were the relations
between the War Department and the Navy Department and the committee?
Were they good or not?
CONNELLY: Initially they were very difficult.
CONNELLY: Because the Army and the Navy, as you
know, are very close
knit. They resented any intrusion by a congressional committee or anyone
else. During the course of back and forth, the Navy and the Army finally
found out that it would not be in their own interest, or the interest
of the country, to refuse to cooperate with the committee. As a result
of that, the resistance was broken down and we got very good cooperation
from the Army and the Navy.
HESS: Do you recall the names of the people that usually carried on the
business with the committee, with the War Department and with the Navy
Department during those years. When the committee would want to contact
somebody in the Navy Department or at the War Department, who would they
CONNELLY: We established liaison with both Departments. General Arthur
Wilson was the initial
contact we had with the War Department. General
Wilson had known Senator Truman. General Wilson was then in the office
of General Marshall. General Wilson through his intercession and his knowledge
of Senator Truman and his intimate relationship with General Marshall
was designated by General Marshall to be the liaison from General Marshall's
office with the committee. He did a very good job. He brought together
without knocking heads the interests of both. He remained in that capacity
until the war started and then he went into active service and was transferred
HESS: Who took his place?
CONNELLY: Colonel Knowles, Miles Knowles, from Michigan, and he worked
with then Under Secretary [Julius H.] Amberg. After General Wilson departed
Colonel Knowles took over.
He worked very closely with the members of the committee and with myself.
HESS: Did he do as creditable a job as his predecessor had done?
CONNELLY: Well, it was difficult in the beginning but gradually, because
the ice had been broken, he worked in very well; he was a very bright
attorney. I think at one time he was a partner of Amberg who, I believe,
was Under Secretary, and I got to know him very well--we got along very
well and we cooperated very well.
HESS: Did you have any times that the military was trying to bring some
pressure on the committee when the committee was going out to the Army
camps and things of that nature and finding evidences of waste?
CONNELLY: No, we never had any objection of that kind. General [Brehon
B.] Somervell was then
moved from Quartermaster to construct all these
Army camps. Now, I personally made some of the initial investigations
of the Army camp sites that were being constructed, and in each of these
General Wilson accompanied me on these investigations.
HESS: Before the Truman Committee was established, Mr. Truman took a
trip around to see several Army camps. As I understand, that was one of
the reasons behind the establishment of the Truman Committee.
CONNELLY: That's correct. He made a personal investigation of his own
and didn't completely like what he saw, and he proposed this investigation.
It was voted on and agreed to by the Military Affairs Committee of the
HESS: Do you recall hearing Mr. Truman speak of that trip?
CONNELLY: Oh, many times.
HESS: Roughly what did he say?
CONNELLY: Well, to the point that he was not satisfied, he thought that
some improvement could be made on what the Army was doing with Army construction,
camp construction, and that was the first phase of the investigation of
the program that we got into.
HESS: Did you ever hear Mr. Truman sort of put in capsule version what
he thought the purpose of the Truman Committee should be?
CONNELLY: He thought the purpose of the Truman Committee should be the
investigation of how the program was being constructed, but he did not
want any part of telling the armed services how to run the war. He thought
that that should be left to the generals.
During the Civil War they had a committee
to investigate the conduct
of the war. Mr. Truman, as you know, was a very good historian, and he
did not want any repetition of what happened during the Civil War by any
HESS: You mentioned General Somervell. Do you recall anything in particular
about the relations between the committee and General Somervell?
CONNELLY: In the beginning stages General Somervell was very hostile.
General Somervell was a very brilliant general, but he was also a martinet,
and he resented any intrusion or stepping on his toes, but that did not
impress Senator Truman, he went ahead anyway.
But after we completed our survey of camp construction, General Somervell
finally agreed, and so testified, that the Truman Committee saved the
Government two hundred million dollars
on Army construction alone.
HESS: Who was the liaison from the Navy Department--we discussed the
War Department--do you recall?
CONNELLY: Hugh Fulton handled the Navy Department. He had a friend who
had been a law partner of his named Eugene Dunn, who was in the Navy,
so Hugh Fulton hand-picked him as the Navy liaison. He served in that
capacity while I was there.
HESS: Were the problems with the Navy fundamentally pretty much the same
as with the War Department?
CONNELLY: Oh, certainly because this combination--well, let's not say
combination but a contrast of interest between civilian and brass, as
we call the Navy and the Army.
HESS: Our next man on the list, Harry S. Magee.
CONNELLY: I believe he was hired by Charles Clark. Harry Magee was a
very amiable fellow, but I
would not consider him as one of the top investigators
of the committee. I believe his major assignment was to investigate mica
mining in connection with defense procurement.
HESS: In your roll as chief investigator did you also take part in investigations
or were you more a coordinator of what the other people were supposed to do?
HESS: On that, just for a minute, what were a few of the investigations
that you personally helped in?
CONNELLY: Well, I personally conducted the initial investigations of
new Army camp construction. I covered Fort Stewart in Georgia, Fort Davis
in North Carolina, Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania, and on all of those
excursions I was accompanied by General Wilson.
HESS: What type of conditions did you find?
CONNELLY: Principally, lack of planning. The construction program between
the two World Wars was handled by the Quartermaster Corps. Now the Quartermaster
Corps in the interim apparently had done nothing. So now they were faced
with a big buildup and no plans for it. My first exposure to that was
at Fort Stewart in Georgia. They sent a general down there or colonel,
I forget now, to initiate the construction, so he reported to the Pentagon--not
the Pentagon at that time, the War Department--and he asked for a layout
of plans. The only thing he could find was some blueprints of a camp which
was designed for World War I and that was for an infantry brigade. He
was building a camp for antiaircraft, so he just put the plans under his
arm and started from the ground, and had to improvise to complete
was required of him. Now the result was they would provide initial allocation
of say eight million dollars. That would eventually pyramid into something
like twenty to thirty million. It was all done catch as catch can.
HESS: How would you handle a problem when you would go out and find something
CONNELLY: Well, my job was to find out what was going on, so the first
thing I would do was report to the camp commander.
HESS: Conditions as they stood then.
CONNELLY: Right. Then I would look at the records-- what the accomplishments
were, what the initial cost estimate was, what it developed into, then
I would go to civilian appointments. They appointed architect engineers
to help the camp commander build the camp, and these were civilian engineers,
so, of course, they were always
in a hassle with the brass, and after
I got the camp commanders position, then I would talk to the architect
engineers and they were never hesitant to tell me what the truth was,
what was going on on that base; so after getting the Army's side and the
civilian engineer's side, I got a pretty good picture of what was going
on at that camp site. And on that I based my report.
HESS: Did you also make recommendations about what should be done to
correct the matters, or did you just report the matters as you found them?
CONNELLY: I never made any recommendations.
HESS: What other investigations come to mind that you worked with?
CONNELLY: Well, I investigated the DuPont operation in Indiana.
HESS: Which one was that?
CONNELLY: It was near Albany, Indiana. I investigated the construction
of a plant, the Hercules Powder Company, in Kansas.
HESS: The Sunflower Ordnance Plant near Lawrence?
CONNELLY: That's right.
HESS: What did you find wrong there, do you recall?
CONNELLY: Faulty construction. I had pictures which I took with a small
camera; I had pictures of cracks in the foundation and other defects,
and based on that they had a hearing on the thing in Kansas City. It was
just cheap, shoddy construction and the Government was paying a good deal
for it. They didn't like the fact that I took pictures, and they found
out about it the day after I took them. I went back to the base and their
Public Information Officer decided he would like to have the pictures
or he'd like to have my camera, and that day I
did not have my camera.
The prints of the pictures were already sent to the committee in Washington.
On the basis of the pictures alone plus the information I got, they decided
to hold a hearing in Kansas City, and the hearing didn't establish anything
very good. That was it.
I investigated the Willow Run Plant in Detroit. The Ford Motor Company
was making B-24 bombers, and that investigation was with the cooperation
of the Ford Motor Company. That was assigned to me by Senator Truman himself
because Senator Ferguson was on the committee, and he was from Michigan.
So with the cooperation of the Ford people, I was in the plant for about
two weeks making my own observations, and because of security they had
given me a badge. They looked around at all their executives to find out
who I would pass for--they had a badge and photograph of each one. They
finally picked one
of the vice presidents and temporarily took the badge
away from him and they gave it to me. I was in that plant about two weeks,
and finally I thought it was time to go in and see the colonel who was
in charge for the Air Corps, so I walked into his office after two weeks
and I identified myself. He says, "What can I do for you?"
I said, "I'd like to talk to you about your program."
So he started in detail to give me the usual story. I said, "Colonel,
before you get too much involved, it's only fair to tell you I've been
in this plant for two weeks."
"Well, how did you get in here?"
I said, "That's not the point, Colonel. I'm only fair to you. I have
been here for two weeks, so forget the book and tell me what's going on."
HESS: Did he?
CONNELLY: Up to a point. He couldn't kid me. I'd been there, and he knew
it. A very funny one, while I was in that plant General [William S.] Knudsen
was in charge of the Air Corps production. He arrived at the Willow Run
Plant but fortunately I saw him first because that would have caused quite
a hoopla because he would have recognized me on sight. He had been in
the office of Senator Truman regularly.
HESS: You mentioned an investigation that they held in Kansas City. What
was the procedure of setting up these field investigations? Were they
usually held on some of these more minor cases?
CONNELLY: You mean on committee hearings?
HESS: Committee hearings, yes.
CONNELLY: Not unless they thought there was some valid reason for them
to make a hearing on the thing not just take an investigative report.
HESS: Now some of the more important hearings such as the Curtiss-Wright,
the Canol Project, those were held in Washington, is that right?
CONNELLY: Most of the hearings were held in Washington.
HESS: What would be the criteria for holding one in the field as opposed
to holding the hearings in Washington?
CONNELLY: It depended on the interest of the committee and how they voted,
whether to have a field hearing or to have it in Washington. That was
determined by the committee itself.
HESS: When they would hold one in the field, who
would go to hold it?
Would one of the Senators go?
CONNELLY: Yes, one of the Senators. If it was important enough, the chairman
would go, with probably three or four other Senators. The full committee
would not go.
HESS: Would Hugh Fulton usually go to the field hearings?
HESS: How was a field hearing conducted? Would Mr. Fulton do most of
the cross-examining, or would Senator Truman...
CONNELLY: Mr. Fulton would initiate the examination and each Senator
in turn would be provided an opportunity to ask questions that were of
interest to him.
HESS: And the next man on our list is Herbert Maletz.
CONNELLY: Herbert Maletz was hired by Charles Clark. He was a graduate
of Harvard Law School and I believe he worked in Washington for about
a year or maybe more, not much more, as an attorney. How he became connected
with Clark I do not know, but he arrived on the committee and Clark, of
course, asked me to screen him which I did and he was appointed, and he
developed into one of the most competent investigators the committee had.
He has gone on to other activities in Washington. He was in private practice.
He was counsel for the antitrust committee of the House, and has now just
been appointed to the Court of Claims as a judge.