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Meese and Jackie Presser

August 12, 1985

The Times reports (July 25) that, according to Justice Department sources, Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III has no role in, and has taken himself out of the case involving Teamster President Jackie Presser.

What utter nonsense! That's like an army general announcing that he is not going to concern himself with his subordinate troops involved in combat with the enemy.

Does anyone honestly believe that Meese's subordinates are going to make a decision in the Presser case to which Meese would have serious objection?

The law provides that the attorney general's responsibilities are his and his alone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; not to be turned on or off like a faucet for political convenience. As long as Meese is attorney general the buck stops at his desk, whether he likes it or not.

JOE McARDLE

Carlsbad

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