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I will agree that it was a running despicable bipartisan debacle and that it was created in 1938 when Democrats owned Washington. The concept embodied in its name is, itself, repugnant. The fact that The Solid South was Democratic then was doubtless another contributing factor to the unsavory tone that the Committee so often displayed. But control of the committee was determined by who controlled the House and the most outstanding and outrageous excesses occurred when Republicans controlled the House. One of these was the whole Alger Hiss affair, when the Committee was chaired by John Parnell, R, Penn. Richard Nixon was another prominent member while he was in the House of Representatives. As to Parnell:
(He was) elected as a Republican to the Seventy-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1937, until his resignation January 2, 1950, following conviction on charges of salary fraud; chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Eightieth Congress); editor and publisher of three weekly newspapers in Bergen County, N.J., 1951-1955; real estate solicitor in 1955 and 1956...

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 05:33:21 PM EST
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