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Ex-Nixon adviser Leonard Garment dies

Published On: Jul 15 2013 09:42:31 PM CDT
OTD June 17 - Watergate burglary

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1972: Five White House operatives are arrested during a burglary of the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C., in an attempt by some members of the Republican Party to illegally wiretap the opposition. The men implicated themselves on other counts and charges by voluntarily telling investigators about having committed another break-in at the offices a few weeks earlier. The Watergate scandal ultimately led to U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation two years later.

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Ex-Nixon adviser Leonard Garment dies in NYC at 89
A lawyer who was a friend and adviser to President Richard Nixon as the Watergate scandal unfolded and who urged him not to destroy tapes has died in New York City. Leonard Garment was 89.
His wife, Suzanne Garment, says he had been ill and died Saturday at their Manhattan home.
Garment and Nixon met when Nixon joined the law firm where Garment was a partner in 1963. The two men became close, and Garment went to work in the Nixon White House.
As Watergate unfolded, Garment encouraged Nixon not to destroy the tapes of his conversations. He left the White House in 1973.
After leaving the White House, Garment became a high-profile Washington lawyer. His clients included  televangelist Oral Roberts and financier Marc Rich.


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