The Watergate Conspiracy

The story of the Watergate political break-in. And the devastating result that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. And beyond.

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12. Political Games-Part Eleven

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Quote: "Indeed, it is the clubbiness of the Washington village press corps, that led Nixon get away with Watergate...and still win in a landslide in 1972", unquote, -American Historian, Rick Pearlstein, (b 1969-).

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January of nineteen seventy-three was harsh. President Nixon struggled to deal with the fallout of Watergate. John Dean, the President's Counsel, shifted uneasily. "Mister President, the news won't go away", he said. "I'm not scared of The Washington Post's ​fabricated stories", he said. He glanced out of the glass window. He was sweating; he was thinking of the right time to cheer up. John Mitchell, G. Gordon Liddy, and John Erhlichman, were in the spacious Oval Office. The heat over the break-in months ago, was taking a toll on everyone. By February of 1973, the frosty climate thawed...and the political world in Washington, DC, was in turmoil yet again.

II

John Dean and the Acting Director L. Patrick Gray, (July 18, 1916 – July 6, 2005), were aware of the 'Address Book', by Watergate criminal Bernard Barker, (on June 18, 1972, the previous year at the Watergate Hotel). Prosecutor James Neal produced a tape on June 23, about the burglary in which President Nixon was said: "Who was the asshole who ordered it?". Then he made sure that the Central Intelligence Agency, (CIA), wasn't involved in the President's affairs. His Press Secretary, Ronald Ziegler, (May 12, 1939 – February 10, 2003), was thirty-four by 1973. He said to the American Press, "Watergate was a third-rate burglary attempt". By August 29, 1973, President Nixon shrugged off the media storm. He was said to utter: "The way you handled it...it seems to me...has been very skillful putting your fingers on the dikes...every time that the leaks have sprung here...and there". In the connected story, Kenneth H. Dahlberg, (June 30, 1917 – October 4, 2011), donated money to the CRP in 1972; Dahlberg was a World War II pilot. According to Bob Woodward, he wasn't involved in the Watergate scandal. But there were a lot of political donations by various people who 'propped up' the finances for the campaign for President Richard Milhous Nixon in late 1972. By August through to September of 1973, the term "Watergate", was a bad taste in the American public's sense of security, as the beginning of the end begun to take its toll.

 

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