Skip to comments.Watergate Conspirator; Renowned Artist of the Macabre
Posted on 05/17/2014 5:33:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Jeb Stuart Magruder, a Watergate conspirator who claimed in later years to have heard President Richard Nixon order the office break-in, has died. He was 79.
Magruder, a businessman when he began working for the Republican president, later became a minister, serving in California, Ohio and Kentucky. He also served as a church fundraising consultant.
He spent seven months in prison for lying about the involvement of Nixon's re-election committee in the 1972 break-in at Washington's Watergate complex, which eventually led to the president's resignation.
In a 2008 interview, Magruder said he had long ago come to peace with his place in history and didn't let the occasional notoriety bother him. The interview came after he pleaded guilty to reckless operation of a motor vehicle following a 2007 car crash.
"I don't worry about Watergate, I don't worry about news articles," Magruder said. "I go to the court, I'm going to be in the paper -- I know that."
Magruder, who moved to suburban Columbus in 2003, served as Nixon's deputy campaign director, an aide to Nixon's chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, and deputy communications director at the White House.
In 2003, Magruder said he was meeting with John Mitchell, the former attorney general running the Nixon re-election campaign, when he heard the president tell Mitchell over the phone to go ahead with the plan to break into the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate office building.
Magruder previously had gone no further than saying that Mitchell approved the plan to get into the Democrats' office and bug the telephone of the party chairman, Larry O'Brien.
Dang. I thought this was about Slick Willie’s wife.
I wish I could hear that well.
It sounds like a Mike Mc Queary type memory.
Nor should he. There are a lot worse things to worry about.
It’s a testament to the power of the MSM that “Watergate” is still a big deal understood by 90% of the millenials who weren’t even born when it happened.
While so many Democrat scandals have evaporated.
Ah, WHO SEZ the US media has no stomach to report SCANDALS, right..?
From a half-century ago.
Very nice guys.
Fast & Furious
V.A. Secret Death Lists
G Gordon Liddy always maintained it was a John Dean operation to recover the “Black Book” of prostitutes that included his current girlfriend.
I believe the G-man before anyone else...
That’s what I thought too. Had to re-read it has I thought “wait - he was with Nixon when Nixon called? No....”
Luckily, reality's a pretty powerful asset.
He died one day before the sesquicentennial of the death of his namesake, J.E.B. Stuart.
Of course it was just that, a Liberal fantasy designed to give them a level of importance they never deserved and only incidentally to finally pay Nixon back for Hiss.
To see the Liberals in their true colors one only has to consider how they have ignored far more egregious acts by such as Slick Willy and, especially, the Chosen One, Barack.
How does Liddy explain that? If that’s true he allowed himself to be duped like an idiot.
Wasn’t he the one who ( according to himself ) volunteered to stand on a street corner and be shot? Never mind being “duped”.