WASHINGTON (Aug. 5)
Abe Fortas, the Washington Jewish attorney nominated by President Johnson to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, was strongly endorsed for the high court designation here today by Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, chairman of the Senate Internal Security Committee.
Sen. Dodd read a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, holding a hearing on the Fortas nomination as successor on the Supreme Court to Arthur J. Goldberg, now the chief United States delegate to the United Nations. In his statement, Sen. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, expressed full confidence in Mr. Fortas.
Some detractors linked Mr. Fortas with having defended persons accused of association with Communism. Mr. Fortas swore that there was “absolutely nothing” in his past which might bias his Judgment as a member of the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee adjourned its hearing, giving Mr. Fortas a chance to file written amplification of his defense against the allegations. Next Tuesday was designated for a meeting at which to vote.