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Does One Man Really Know the Truth About Nixon and Watergate?

Roger Stone has some great points in this Fox News article, "It's time for John Dean to tell the truth about Watergate."

Saturday, August 9 marks the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation over the scandal known as Watergate. It’s hard to believe but 40 years after Nixon’s resignation the American public still does not know who ordered the Watergate break-in, what the burglars were looking for and why they did it.

The mainstream media narrative about Watergate is a grotesque and fantastic distortion of historical fact.

No one has sought to control this narrative more than former White House Counsel John Dean. Through his books, interviews, paid speeches, lawsuits and litigation Dean has spun the myth that he was a naïve and ambitious young man sucked into the Watergate cover-up by the evil Nixon and his men.

Now Dean is back with a brand new book "Nixon's Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It" in which he seeks to write the "authoritative" narrative of Nixon and Watergate.

Dean claims his book is based on 1,000 hours of tapes that only he has had transcribed.  Missing from the July 27 New York Times review of the book by presidential historian Robert Dallek is the fact that Dean refuses to submit these transcripts for independent review.

Although Dean says his goal to "reconstruct the full history of the scandal" his book is anything but the full or complete story.

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Indeed, Dean has air-brushed himself out of the picture although these tapes clearly show Dean coaxing Nixon into the cover-up and coaching him on the talking points for their planned lies.

What kind of lawyer urges his client to commit crimes?

What did Dean mean when he closes the conversation with Nixon of March 16, 1973 by saying "we will win"?

By omitting any information about tape recordings on these dates, Dean has actually obscured what the president knew and when he knew it rather than revealing it.

The entire article is worth reading.  There are fewer and fewer first-hand accounts, so it seems those left have their own agenda. It seems truth always takes a backseat to book sales.


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