The Nation: Out of the Past: The Agnew Case

Throughout the months of the Watergate hearings, Spiro T. Agnew had been artfully staying on the sidelines. He played a lot of golf at Burning Tree and a lot of tennis at the Linden Hill Club. He bought himself a new twelve-room house in Bethesda, Md., for $190,000, and the Secret Service installed the usual safety devices (an electronic-eyed brick-and-redwood fence for $39,000). His last major speech was in June, and his main official work consisted of playing host to state visitors. In short, even by vice-presidential...

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