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Tales of Watergate: John Dean has plenty
Courier Staff Report
Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:00 AM
Former Nixon aide John Dean will speak at Hanover College in October.
One of President Richard Nixon's advisors will be at Hanover College in October, marking the 40th anniversary of the president's resignation.
John W. Dean, who served as White House counsel during the Nixon administration, will present "Vietnam and Watergate" on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
Dean was deeply involved in the events leading up to the Watergate burglaries, as well as the subsequent scandal and cover-up. He pleaded guilty to a single felony count of obstruction of justice in exchange for becoming a key witness for the prosecution. His actions resulted in a four-month prison sentence.
Dean received his bachelor's degree from The College of Wooster in Ohio in 1961. He received a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1965. After serving at a Washington law firm, Dean became the chief minority counsel to the Republican members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary from 1966 to 1967. He then served as associate director of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws for about two years.
Dean volunteered to write position papers on crime for Nixon's presidential campaign in 1968. The following year he became an associate deputy in the U.S. Attorney General's office, serving under John Mitchell.
In July 1970, Dean accepted an appointment to become counsel to the president, after the previous holder of this post, John Ehrlichman, became the president's chief domestic adviser.
After the Watergate scandal, Dean became an investment banker, author and lecturer.
Currently a best-selling author of the books, "Blind Ambition," "Conservatives Without Conscience" and "Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush," among others, Dean's presentation will focus on his newest release, "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It." The book draws on Dean's own transcripts of almost 1,000 conversations, Nixon's secretly recorded information and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library. Based on Nixon's overlooked recordings, Dean dispels the myths about Watergate to reveal a full account of the late president's involvement.
Seats for the program may be reserved online at www.hanover.edu/arts/johndean.
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