Cover-up of Nixon’s campaign espionage begins to unravel: Part 5 Video

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Mr. President, are you ready to take the constitutional oath? Vietnam cost 55 million lives. We finally have achieved a peace with honor. I know it gags some of you to write that phrase but it’s true. So in January 1973, Nixon’s kind of — he’s at the peak, the peak of the mountain. Place your left hand on the bible and raise your right hand He has a second inauguration I Richard Nixon do solemnly swear — Richard Nixon won reelection not just handedly but very, very bigly if I may use that word. We stand on the threshold of a new era of peace in the world. The president as we’ve seen on this parade route waving at the crowd and that familiar double V. 55 floats. There was a cool confidence at the committee to re-elect the president that this would blow over. But still I think, the storm clouds are starting to gather. For six months the cover up was working, and so if you were investigating the story people looked at you as if you were a bit of a conspiracy theorist. I mean, why are you bothering with that? But Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein they’re still pressing. They’re digging deeper. They’re digging harder. And so Nixon still has this residual fear that somehow it might not stop. It caused a firestorm within the white house because they said, “Oh, my god. Somebody’s getting close.” I want it clearly understood, that from now on ever, no reporter from the Washington post is ever to be in the white house, is that clear? Absolutely. None ever to be in. Now that is a total order and if necessary I’ll fire you. I don’t respect the type of journalism, the shabby journalism that is being practiced by “The Washington post.” This is Bob Woodward at the “Washington post.” The thing that’s so powerful both in real life and in the movie, “All the president’s men,” is that people will do anything to conceal their involvement. People at the highest levels are much more involved than…

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