Who directed the cover-up, Dean or Haldeman/Ehrlichman?

June 16, 2015
  • This is my key issue. Dean has admitted that he was “chief desk officer” of the cover-up, but claims he was acting under the direction and control of Haldeman and Ehrlichman (which they denied to their graves).
  • They didn’t discuss Watergate with other staff members, so it’s them or Dean – and the jury obviously believed Dean.
  • But, I don’t believe that Dean ever told them any specifics of his activities. Oh, he told them he was working hard “to contain” the situation – everyone knew that was Dean’s responsibility — but I doubt he ever got around to mentioning the specific criminal acts being undertaken. Dean had every reason to enable them to claim “plausible deniability” – and certainly did not want to mention his own risk of prosecution from attending the initial meetings in Mitchell’s office.

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