FBI File on Joseph McCarthy

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This file documents Joseph McCarthy’s "witch hunt," from the beginning of his allegations that 205 members of the State Department were active members of the Communist Party to the Senate’s condemnation of McCarthy in 1954.

Documents herein detail the FBI’s observations of and involvement in McCarthy’s accusations. Organized chronologically, this collection includes correspondence between J. Edgar Hoover and senators, highlighting Hoover’s repeated denials that the FBI leaked information to McCarthy.

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