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The file FG 50 concerns those matters which affect the Judicial branch as a whole, particularly the state and local courts. For the most part, this consists of carbons and xeroxes pertaining to all facets of judicial appointments, including possible candidates, procedures for informing members of Congress, etc. It was the practice to delegate the screening of potential candidates for the Federal bench to the Deputy Attorney General, who during the time covered by this file was Richard Kleindienst. Interspersed among this material are the various supplemental appropriations sent by the President for the Judicial branch for the fiscal years 1969-1974, and additional material pertaining to state and local courts. Principal correspondents include John Ehrlichman, Egil ("Bud") Krogh, Jr., Assistant to John Ehrlichman, and Deputy Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst.

The Executive folders consist largely of White House internal memoranda as well as communications with the Deputy Attorney General on the subject of various candidates and their nominations. The General folders are largely made up of letters from members of the general public expressing their opinions of various judicial candidates.

On the folders, the terms Executive and General are used in the titles to indicate separation of documents according to source and handling. "Executive" items include communication among national, foreign, and state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress, and selected prominent correspondents. "General" designates communications between Government officials and private citizens, institutions, and private interest groups. Where "/A" follows a numeric file designation, it indicates files relating to appointments, nominations, and resignations within that organization.

Some of the files related to FG 50 include:

White House Central Files: Subject Files

FG 17 Department of Justice
FG 51 Supreme Court of the United States
JL Judicial-Legal Matters

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