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Tag: Richard Nixon

Weekend Series on Crime History: Nixon, Ehrlichman, Haldeman Talk About John Mitchell’s Watergate Involvement

Weekend Series on Crime: Nixon Talks About Blacks and Jews As Spies Including the Rosenbergs

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement: Richard Nixon Talks to LBJ About the Death of the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover

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Check Out Richard Nixon’s 1937 Application to Be a Special Agent for FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Richard Nixon was 24 years old, he applied to be a special agent in the FBI in 1937.

That application is now on display at National Archives, reports the Smithsonian.

“It is a nice window into a moment in Richard Nixon’s life that people probably don’t think about,” says Jennifer Johnson, the exhibition’s curator. “He has just finished law school, and like everyone, he is clearly trying to figure out what he wants to do.”

Nixon applied to the bureau just after graduating with a law degree in June 1937. But Nixon never got a response after taking a physical exam, according to the Smithsonian.

Book Claims “Deep Throat” Leaked Because He Wanted Top FBI Spot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The legend of Watergate lives on.

A book to be released next month, “Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat,” reports that Felt, the number two guy in the FBI during Watergate, was leaking, not out of concern for public good but rather because he was angry he was not getting the top spot in the bureau, according the news agency ANI.

The book, authored by Max Holland, claims that Felt — known as “Deep Throat” to journalists —  hoped President Nixon would fire others, thinking they were leaking info, and Felt routinely lied to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein that one of his rivals in the FBI was trying to blackmail Nixon.

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A Secretive Nixon Said the Wealthy Better Equipped for Ambassadorships

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By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Assuredly the  Occupy Wall Street folks would find President Nixon’s grand jury testimony of interest.

In newly released documents of President Richard Nixon’s 1974 grand jury testimony, the president admitted to giving precedence to wealthy campaign contributors when assigning foreign ambassador posts.

The president maintained that such assignations were not “commitments” made for contributions. Rather, the president reasoned that big contributors, who are generally wealthy, have justified their qualifications by the mere fact of their wealth.

“Certainly, no sale of ambassadorship should be made,” he told investigators, “but, on the other hand, the fact that an individual has proved himself on the American scene, has proved himself by legitimately building a great fortune, rather than being a disqualifier should be a factor that can be considered and should be considered in determining whether he should get a position.”

Much of the questioning surrounded whether or not an explicit agreement of a “commitment” had been made between among Nixon and his advisors, trading ambassadorships for campaign contributions.

Nixon later stated that he gave “top consideration to major financial contributors mainly for the reason that big contributors in many instances make better ambassadors, particularly where American economic interests are involved.” Still, at times it seems hard to draw the line of distinction.

Regarding another appointed ambassador, Nixon stated, “Pearl Mesta wasn’t sent to Luxembourg because she had big bosoms. Pearl Mesta went to Luxembourg because she made a good contribution.”

In Nixon’s opening statements to the grand jury he expressed the “vital necessity of confidentiality in presidential communications,” saying that information he may reveal to the grand jury, if circulated in the press and among the American public, could hurt American interests.

He cited reports then in newspapers of past presidents okaying assassinations, saying such disclosures, though probably untrue, were not in the public interest. “This is the reason why I have resisted in the courts … attempts to impinge upon the privileged status of such conversations,” he said. Only with absolute guarantee of no disclosure, Nixon told investigators in his opening remarks, “I will reveal for the first time information … which, if it is made public, will be terribly damaging to the United States.”

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Better Late Than Never: Nixon Library to Release Nixon’s Grand Jury Testimony on Watergate

 By Allan Lengel
ticklthewire.com

Better late than never.

The Nixon Presidential Library in California on Thursday is making available Nixon’s grand jury testimony about the Watergate scandal, the Associated Press reports.

This should be interesting.

The public release of the material comes four months after a judge ordered the June 1975 records unsealed.

“This is Nixon unplugged,” said historian Stanley Kutler, a principal figure in the lawsuit that pried open the records, AP reported.

Still, he said, “I have no illusions. Richard Nixon knew how to dodge questions with the best of them. I am sure that he danced, skipped, around a number of things.”

AP reported that Nixon was interviewed near his California home for 11 hours over two days.

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