Issues Developed in the Teapot Dome Inquiry

Archive Report

The following is a summary of the significant testimony taken by the Senatorial Committee investigating the leasing of Naval Reserve No.3 to the Mammoth Oil Company by former Secretary of the Interior Fall, It is intended to indicate the lines the investigation will take when it is resumed, and also to give some indication of the conclusion thus far formed in the minds of members of the Committee.

While the validity of the lease is questioned, and some effort to secure its abrogation may be expected, a much larger issue appears to be taking shape in the progress of the investigation. It concerns the right of the executive departments to formulate and execute large national policies, calling for vast expenditures, without consulting Congress, and to ...

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