WATERGATE: No. 3: Stans

In the entire cast of Watergate characters, none had posed so serenely above the mess as Maurice Stans. Although he had headed Richard Nixon's campaign-finance committee in 1972, Stans blithely professed no knowledge of the illegal Watergate activities that the money had financed, which led Chairman Sam Ervin of the Senate Watergate Committee to ask in frustration: "Can you explain to a simple-minded man like me the mental processes by which you can determine how much money ought to be spent for a particular project unless you know what the project is?"...

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