The Nation: Drive to Discredit Dean

The White House-inspired campaign to discredit President Nixon's chief Watergate accuser, former White House Counsel John Dean, continued last week. But the special prosecutor's staff took the unusual step of defending Dean's credibility in a public federal court hearing in Washington.

The major element in the anti-Dean drive has been selective leaks of summaries prepared by the White House of Watergate-related conversations between Dean and President Nixon. After looking at them, Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott insisted that they exonerate Nixon on some aspects of Watergate, presumably the cover-up of the origins of the wiretap and burglary at Democratic National Headquarters....

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