The Nation: Dialing Butterfield Hate

When he revealed the existence of Richard Nixon's tapes, Alexander Butterfield doomed the President. A former White House aide, Butterfield was only truthfully replying to the questions of Senate investigators, but he incurred the enduring hatred of Nixon loyalists, who thought that he should have covered up for his old boss.

Nearly two years later, Butterfield is still being hunted down by hard core Nixonians. Now head of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is under attack for neglecting safety standards, he has been hampered by the undercutting and sandbagging of Nixon allies in the Department of Transportation, the parent body of...

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