During the Johnson administration the FBI launched an investigation to determine whether Jack Valenti, then a top White House aide, was gay, the Washington Post reported today (Thursday), citing files obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The files, the newspaper commented, "provide further insight into the conduct of the FBI under [FBI Director J.Edger] Hoover, for whom damaging personal information on the powerful was a useful tool in his interactions with presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Richard M. Nixon." Hoover, the article maintained, had received authorization from Johnson to question Valenti about whether he was involved in a homosexual relationship with a Washington photographer. FBI agents also located the photographer who confirmed that he had attended parties with Valenti and stayed at his apartment on two occasions but insisted that his relationship with Valenti was strictly platonic. Valenti later served as head of the Motion Picture Association of America from 1966 to 2004.
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