The Nation: An Arrogant Act Of Men Above the Law

The conspiracy trial of John Ehrlichman, once President Nixon's top domestic aide, and three lesser members of the White House "plumbers" team got off to a dramatic start in Federal Judge Gerhard Gesell's Washington courtroom last week. Assistant Special Prosecutor William Merrill charged that a few weeks before Ehrlichman was forced to resign last year, he had secretly removed three incriminating memos from a file on the plumbers in the White House—but David Young, a co-director of the secret investigating unit, had foresightedly retained copies. Said Merrill to the jury, which consists...

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