Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Fred Thompson and Watergate

Yes, Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson asked that historical question which revealed a taping system in the White House, but he wasn't the one who originally got the information out of presidential aide Alexander Butterfield; another Republican staffer, Don Sanders, was the one who scored the info.

In fact, when Fred found out about the taping system, he leaked the information to the White House so they were "...fully aware of what was to be disclosed so that [they] could take appropriate action." You see, Fred was a huge supporter of Nixon at the beginning of the Watergate scandal. And Fred was a former campaign manager of Senator Howard Baker (R-TN), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Watergate Committee.

So why did he let out the information about the taping system? He thought it would prove Nixon's innocence. Not until he heard the tapes did he realize how wrong he was about Nixon.

And now, this series of events is being spun as "...gained national attention for leading the line of inquiry that revealed the audio-taping system in the White House Oval Office" by his website.

Oh, did I mention that Thompson urged a pardon for Scooter Libby? Didn't he learn about scandal the first time around?

Read the whole story from here.

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