Nation: The Watergate Role

Tough but ethical, or shabby and shady?

When Alexander Haig replaced H.R. ("Bob") Haldeman as President Nixon's Chief of Staff in May 1973, the Administration still had 14 months of torment ahead. At Haig's Senate confirmation hearings, Democrats probably will dwell on these questions about his shadowy backstage role during those days:

> Did Haig advise Nixon to lie? According to a transcript of a White House tape recording, Nixon told Haig, "We do know we have one problem: it's that damn conversation of March 21." That was when Presidential Counsel John Dean warned Nixon about "a cancer growing around the presidency."...

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