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.


13. Political Games-Part Twelve



Quote: "Presidential power was overruled by the High Court in July, 1974, when President Nixon was ordered to hand over some audio tapes of his White House conversations, including the 'smoking gun​' tape of June 23, 1972, that revealing the Watergate cover-up", unquote, American Journalist Heather Thomas, -(August 4, 1920-July 20, 2013).


Ben Bradlee was excited. "We have a story about Watergate. We'll go with the news that can, and will, take down the President of the United States". Katheryn Graham nodded. "This is the news we hoped for, Ben. Bob and Carl are doing a great job". She had imagined the previous years to be controversial; she hadn't imagined that, in late 1973, the flames of doom would surround Washington, DC, and would continue into January of 1974.


Chief Judge John Joseph Sirica, (March 19, 1904 – August 14, 1992), the United States District Court of Columbia, grew up in Waterbury, Connecticut; he was educated at Emerson Prepatory School, then Columbia Preparatory School. He lived in Washington, DC. By nineteen twenty-six, (when he was twenty-two), Sirica attended the famous Georgetown University Law Center, (GULC), where he graduated with his Juris Doctor. He couldn't decide which career he wanted to do-whether he was a boxer or a lawyer. During the Prohibition Days, he chose the law. He was friends with renowned boxer Jack Dempsey, (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983); he was concerned by the illegal booze that was coming out of American cities in the nineteen-thirties. Sirica was a lawyer from 1926 to 1930. He worked from 1934-57 as an Assistant District Attorney, even through World War II. By 1944, he was responsible for the regulation of the Federal Communications Commission, (which regulated all forms of media: including radio and satellites. *Television, and cable, as well as the Internet, wasn't invented yet*. 


​The same year, Sirica left after the WMCA (AM), scandal. He was a lawyer from 1945, (the last year of World War II), and 1946, when he was forty-two. By 1947, he was a lawyer for Hogan and Hartson. A decade later, (February 25, 1957), when Sirica was fifty-three, President Dwight Delano Roosevelt, named Sirica to the Court; Sirica's position came into being a month or so later, (March 26, 1957). Sirica ordered the tapes to be given back to the Court in nineteen seventy-three. He made the cover of TIME magazine. When 1973 ended, the ending of the Nixon Presidency was almost over.

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