The Nation: Really Only Hearsay, Gentlemen?

SOME unexpected byproducts came out of the Senate confirmation hearings for L. Patrick Gray III. They showed that in one case Nixon Administration officials falsely denied reports that linked the White House with the Watergate affair.

The case involves the complex dealings of three men: Dwight L. Chapin, who was the President's appointments secretary at the time of the Watergate bugging; Herbert W. Kalmbach, Nixon's personal attorney; and Donald Segretti, a California lawyer who Justice Department officials say has admitted trying to disrupt the campaigns of Democratic presidential candidates last year. In October, several publications, including TIME and the Washington Post, reported...

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