The Nation: A Subpoena for Nixon

Before a surprised audience in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Gordon Ringer ordered Richard Nixon to appear as a material witness in the forthcoming conspiracy and burglary trial of ex-White House Domestic Affairs Adviser John Ehrlichman.

Ehrlichman's defense attorneys adroitly set the stage for this dramatic step. They maintained that the President had put Ehrlichman to work as a federal agent when he gave him the job of tracking down the source of such leaks as the Pentagon papers. In carrying out that assignment, runs the argument, "the plumbers" unit under Ehrlichman's supervision broke into the Los Angeles office of Daniel Ellsberg's...

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