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Someone should do a story on how living there is worse than Watergate. Only in this case, the gap is not 18 minutes, but two years. This cover-up is far worse.

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Then she bleached and destroyed 33, emails—after a congressional subpoena. She lied to Congress, under oath, and her staffers took the Fifth Amendment and got immunity deals. It would have been, people would say, worse than Watergate. Something similar did, in fact, happen at the DNC two years ago, and it was worse than Watergate.

This is a very dangerous situation. Worse for and about the president. Worse for the overall national interest. December 21, Sen. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen.

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I have long said it is worse than Watergate. Remember, Watergate was a third-rate break-in. Felt applied to the F. Rising to high positions at the headquarters in the s, he oversaw the training of F. Felt chanced to meet a Navy lieutenant delivering classified messages to the National Security Council staff.

The young man in dress blues was Bob Woodward. By his own description fiercely ambitious and in need of adult guidance, Mr. Woodward tried to wring career counseling from his elder.

He left the White House with the number to Mr. On July 1, , Hoover promoted Mr. With both of his superiors in poor health, Mr. Felt increasingly took effective command of the daily work of the F. When Mr. Hoover died and Mr. Tolson retired, he saw his path to power cleared. But Nixon denied him, and he seethed with frustrated ambition in the summer of One evening that summer, a few weeks after the Watergate break-in, Mr.

Woodward, then a neophyte newspaperman, knocked on Mr. Felt decided to co-operate with him and set up an elaborate system of espionage techniques for clandestine meetings with Mr. If Mr. Woodward needed to talk, he would move a flowerpot planted with a red flag on the balcony of his apartment on P Street in Washington.

Felt had a message, Mr. Woodward would leave his apartment by the back alley that night and take one taxi to a downtown hotel, then a second to an underground parking garage in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Va. Within weeks, Mr. By June , Mr. Felt was forced out of the F.

Soon he came under investigation by some of the same agents he had supervised, suspected of leaking information not to The Post but to The New York Times. He spent much of the mids testifying in secret to Congress about abuses of power at the F. Woodward Robert Redford probably the most famous bit of free advice in the history of investigative journalism.

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Worse Than Watergate

Milestones: W. Mark Felt JAN. The government lost. A federal appeals court ruled that even the president had to obey the Fourth Amendment — the passage in the Bill of Rights protecting Americans from warrantless searches and seizures.

The Supreme Court had never upheld warrantless wiretapping within the United States. The technology of electronic eavesdropping had expanded exponentially since then. Thousands of Americans were targets of government spying under Nixon.

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Not without a warrant. They had to come out at once. The Bureau responded by reviving black-bag jobs. Gray called in top agents from around the country in mid-September Eleven Israeli athletes and eight Palestinian attackers had died, most of them after a bungled rescue by the West German police. President Nixon had conferred on the counterterrorism problem with his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, and his United Nations ambassador, George H. What the Christ do we do? On September 25, Nixon issued a secret presidential directive commanding an all-out counterterrorism campaign.

The full committee met once, and only once. Nobody else wanted to take the responsibility. FBI black-bag jobs against friends and families of twenty-six Weather Underground fugitives started later that month. Gray was appalled to learn that not one of the fugitives had been caught, despite a nationwide search that had gone on for nearly three years. Under the command of John Kearney, the squad had conducted at least eight hundred black-bag jobs since the s. None of the break-ins ever produced any evidence leading to the arrest of a Weather Underground fugitive.

But in time they led to federal grand jury investigations against the commanders of the FBI. But the charges ended there. The Watergate case had hit a stone wall. They had personal as well as professional motives. They knew that the conspiracy and the cover-up had been orchestrated at the White House. They deeply resented the fact that the president had placed Pat Gray, a man they considered a political stooge, in charge of the FBI. But the Director died. And Mark Felt should have moved up right there and then. And, boy, he really did. Felt and his allies began leaking the secrets of Watergate a few weeks before the November election.

But he was not the only one. Gray knew. If Mitchell knew, the president knew. Felt made sure that the facts were revealed by sharing information with four trusted fellow FBI men. Bates and Long told a few trusted fellow agents about what they had done, and why. The word started to spread. They did that because of the White House obstructing the investigation. And they leaked it because it furnished the impetus to continue. So street-level FBI agents turned secrets into information, and senior FBI leaders brought that information to reporters, to prosecutors, to federal grand juries, and into the public realm.

Without the FBI, the reporters would have been lost. Not all of their stories were accurate. Richard Nixon, his re-election imminent, took note. Mitchell is the only one that knows this. Haldeman: He has access to absolutely everything The president and the FBI were now engaged in an undeclared war. For Felt was the more powerful man.