On June 9, 1954, day 30 of the hearings, Welch challenged Cohn to give McCarthy's list of 130 subversives in defense plants to the office of the FBI and the Department of Defense "before the sun goes down". In response to Welch's challenge, McCarthy suggested that Welch should check on Fred Fisher, a young lawyer in Welch's own Boston law firm whom Welch planned to have on his staff for the hearings.
McCarthy then mentioned that Fisher
had once belonged to the National Lawyers Guild
(NLG), a group which Attorney General Brownell had called "the legal bulwark of the Communist Party".
then reprimanded McCarthy for his needless attack on Fisher
, saying that "Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.
McCarthy, accusing Welch
of filibustering the hearing and baiting Cohn, dismissed Welch
's dissertation and casually resumed his attack on Fisher
, at which point Welch angrily cut him short:
Fisher was relatively unscathed by the incident and went on to become a partner in Boston's prestigious Hale & Dorr law firm and organized its commercial law department.
He also served as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association and as chairman of many committees of the American and Boston bar associations.
He was a former trustee of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and chairman of the Franklin N. Flaschner Foundation in Waban, Mass., while Welch's maneuvering helped to ruin McCarthy's life and career.
Also interesting: Fisher
was a part of the Signal Corps
in WW2 and the whole hearing was about McCarthy investigating the Signal Corps
Posted in History, Reaction and tagged Communism, Fred Fisher
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