The Nation: Playing Politics with Tax Returns

Part of the Nixon Administration's hubris was a conviction that every federal agency, no matter how strong its tradition of independence, should snap to attention at a call to the service of the White House. That included the Internal Revenue Service, whose activity touches intimately the lives of almost all Americans. So John Dean told the Watergate committee last week, shredding the last vestige of the myth that Watergate was simply a matter of politicians doing things to other politicians.

Dean submitted a series of memos to back up his testimony that White House aides had tried (and to the credit of...

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