The Nation: How John Dean Came Center Stage

Late one week last March, John Wesley Dean Ill's telephone rang. It was the President calling with a friendly suggestion. Why didn't he take his pretty wife to Camp David for the weekend?

They would have the place to themselves, and the counsel to the President could stay on to write his long-overdue report on Watergate. That was the report of the investigation that Dean had supposedly made seven months before —an investigation that, Nixon had told the nation in mid-campaign, showed no one then employed at the White House was involved in the...

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