The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist's confirmation battles were more intense than previously known, according to an FBI file that also offers new details on his 1981 hospitalization and dependence on a painkiller. One lawyer said the file gives evidence "showing how the FBI and DOJ were out to discredit opponents of Rehnquist." A professor who has written on justices' health through history said the file raised questions about "the long-term effect on Rehnquist" of using such a strong drug for so long.
Rehnquist FBI File Sheds New Light on Drug Dependence, Confirmation Battles
January 4, 2007
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