Seeing double

45 years ago President Richard M. Nixon ordered the firing of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Nixon was fixated on ending the Watergate investigation.
John Newton Mitchell, the 67th Attorney General of the United States under President Richard Nixon, was later sentenced to prison in 1977 and served 19 months.
Richard Gordon Kleindienst was an American lawyer, politician, and a U.S. Attorney General during the Watergate political scandal. Nixon and his aide John Ehrlichman told him to drop the case, which created an impression that they were violating their ethical obligations in favor of ITT, and that, as an attorney himself, Kleindienst was now obligated to report these ethical lapses to the state bars in the jurisdictions involved. But in his official role as Deputy Attorney General, he also repeatedly told Congress no one had interfered with his department’s handling of the case, not mentioning Nixon and Ehrlichman.

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