June 22, 2007
Re "Why Watergate matters," Opinion, June 17 I worked on Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign and voted for him in 1972. Later, as a National Archives employee, I was responsible for screening Nixon's White House tapes and files to see what could be released to the public. I regret that Nixon, as he put it, gave his enemies a sword. He let me down. But what a president does in office is influenced by factors far more complex than those Elizabeth Drew describes. The people who work in the White House are neither gods nor demons, just human beings as in any other office.
June 23, 2002
John Dean's eulogy-redux to Richard Nixon is almost as tragic as Nixon's ignominious Watergate-forced departure from office (Commentary, June 17). Dean alternately coos and sobs over Nixon without ever conceding that Nixon couldn't have done it without Dean's initial compliance. But perhaps most tragic, in current politics, is White House political advisor Karl Rove's troubling comment: "Is there something specific we've drawn from Nixon? I'm not aware." He has apparently learned nothing from history and may have doomed the rest of us to repeat it. Allan Rabinowitz Los Angeles Now that the Watergate scandal has reached its 30th anniversary, the big question is: Has it had any significant impact to positively influence our political culture?
August 14, 1987 |
John D. Ehrlichman, former President Richard M. Nixon's chief domestic adviser, has asked President Reagan to pardon his conviction for conspiring to cover up the Watergate scandal, Justice Department officials said Thursday. Now a writer in Santa Fe, N.M., Ehrlichman, 62, applied for presidential clemency on May 28 and is the subject of an FBI background investigation, according to David C. Stephenson, the Justice Department's pardon attorney.
July 26, 2009 |
No Longer For Sale: Luxury hotel site. Grt vus. Cent. location nation's capital. Famous site of historic 1972 political crime that torpedoed a presidency and caused global media to add "-gate" to the end of any possible scandal for the next 37 years at least. Monicagate. Irangate. Travelgate. Koreagate. Camillagate. Billygate. Scootergate. Blagogate. Bittergate. Rathergate. Macacagate. Tollgate (just kidding). Spygate. Gategate. You get the idea. The Watergate. Yes, there was a famous botched burglary there that eventually led, like some dark Robert Redford-Dustin Hoffman movie, all the way to the White House and prompted Richard "I am not a crook" Nixon to become the first U.S. president to resign.
June 17, 2012 |
On June 17, 1972, a bungled break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters exposed one of the most notorious abuses of presidential power and led to a wave of reforms of U.S. laws and institutions. Now, on the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, many of those changes have been rolled back or eliminated. Court rulings scrapped limits on campaign contributions. Congress has returned the function of special prosecutors to the Justice Department. Executive orders issued by President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Sept.
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August 22, 2013 |
They were great antagonists of the Cold War, the avowedly Red-hating American president and the world's most powerful communist. Yet when Richard Nixon hosted Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev for a summit in June 1973, their private exchanges had the casual, meandering comity of old friends. Meeting his Soviet counterpart privately in the Oval Office, with only a translator accompanying them, Nixon said the world's safety hinged on their mutual trust. "Mr. Brezhnev and I have the key, and I think that our personal relationship will unlock the door," Nixon said.
June 2, 2005 |
On Saturday, June 17, 1972, the FBI night supervisor called then-Deputy FBI Director W. Mark Felt at home. Five men in business suits, pockets stuffed with $100 bills and carrying eavesdropping and photographic equipment, had been arrested inside the Democrats' national headquarters at the Watergate office building earlier at about 2:30 a.m. By 8:30 a.m., Felt was in his office at the FBI, seeking more details.
August 9, 2011 |
Last month, a federal court ruled that the testimony Richard Nixon made to the Watergate grand jury in the summer of 1975 should be unsealed and released to the public. The decision has the potential to settle finally the question of whether the nation's 37th president was a criminal. The grand jury testimony, which Nixon gave in San Clemente, was the only time in history he was required by law to be honest about Watergate. And now we will know what he said. While Nixon was president he refused to testify at the trials of Watergate conspirators or before the Senate Select Committee investigating Watergate.
January 29, 2014 |
The month that a TV game show called "Wheel of Fortune" made its debut, a 29-year-old Californian named George Miller was taking his new seat in Congress. Both the show and the congressman are still around, but Miller has decided that he's taken his final spin in electoral politics and will be retiring this year from his seat in the 11th Congressional District in Northern California. He is among Congress' remaining handful of "Watergate babies," Democrats elected in the wake of the Nixon political scandal.
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October 23, 2010 |
James F. Neal, a formidable lawyer who won noteworthy victories on both sides of the courtroom — as a prosecutor he sent Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa and top Watergate figures to prison, and as a defense attorney he saved film director John Landis and Ford Motor Co. from serious criminal charges — died Thursday at a Nashville hospital. He was 81. The cause was esophageal cancer, said his longtime law partner, Aubrey B. Harwell. Neal's reputation for tenacity and brilliance in the courtroom began with the 1964 prosecution of Hoffa, who had successfully fended off two dozen indictments until Neal, a stocky, cigar-chomping ex-Marine with a Tennessee drawl, was assigned to his case.