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NIXON TAPES: "Get the Son of a B*tch" Ellsberg (Pentagon Papers)

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Uploaded on Aug 26, 2008

John Mitchell
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June 29, 1971
White House Telephone

President Richard Nixon talks with his Attorney General John Mitchell about the leaked secret government documents about the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers. They first discuss the position of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who did not want to investigate the leaker, Daniel Ellsberg, because of his friendship with Ellsberg's father-in-law. Nixon descries some of the "softheads" in his administration who want him to go easy on Ellsberg. He notes that they need to "get the son of a b*tch" or else "wholesale thievery" would happen all over the government. The president feels that the P.R. might not be bad on their part, because people don't like thieves.

(Photo: President Richard Nixon and his wife First Lady Pat Nixon walk with Gerald and Betty Ford to the helicopter Marine One on the day of Nixon's resignation from the presidency.)

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