The Nation: The President's Lawyer

Newport Beach, Calif., a wealthy community nestled between Los Angeles and San Clemente, has long been a kind of Republican stronghold-by-the-sea. Shortly after Richard Nixon moved into the White House, Newport Police Chief James Glavas telephoned a resident knowledgeable in G.O.P. affairs:

Chief: Who the hell is Herb Kalmbach?

Resident: He is a lawyer in Newport Beach.

Chief: I know that, but is he anyone to be talking for the President?

Resident: Did he call you about negotiations for the San Clemente house?

Chief: Yep.

Resident: And did he talk about arranging security and that kind of...

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