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Ramifications of Watergate

For once, the legislative branch restored faith in the government that the executive branch had tarnished.

The committee met from May 17 to August 7. In the words of The New York Times staff, "that was enough." Committe revelations effectively ended the White House attempt to stonewall media revelations and succeeding investigations:

"Richard Milhous Nixon, the archetypal loser of America politics, transformed by the bizarre events of the 1972 campaign into the biggest winner in history, had been backed into a corner."

Hearings followed some major breaks in the administration's nearly yearlong attempt to short-circuit the investigation. Only a few weeks before, James W. McCord, a convicted Watergate conspirator, had written to its presiding judge, John J. Sirica, to assert that he had been under White House pressure to conceal facts. In the same period, one of Nixon's closest confidants, White House counsel John W. Dean III, was accused of lying by L. Patrick Gray III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case had broken wide open.

More stunning revelations followed:

Out of the grand jury room and the committee offices there now tumbled story after story: Dean had promised to tell all . . . Jeb Stuart Macgruder, the number two man at the Committee for th


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