Nation: The Milk Case Revisited

The case that continues to haunt John Connally—despite his acquittal—was a complex web of accusations. Watergate prosecutors investigating President Nixon's campaign finances began to concentrate in October of 1973 on donations by dairymen. By August of 1974, the Government had amassed enough evidence to win a Washington grand jury indictment charging Connally on five counts for having allegedly accepted $10,000 from Associated Milk Producers, Inc., the nation's largest dairy cooperative.

Most of the Government's case rested on information provided by Jake Jacobsen, a Texas lawyer who was once an aide in the Johnson...

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