Valerie Jarrett, Anita Dunn the new John Ehrlichman? White House, private investigators.
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Liberal Maryland Democrat Paul Sarbanes, then a Congressman on the House Judiciary Committee considering Articles of Impeachment against Nixon, put it this way to Teddy White:
“But supposing you had one thousand people on Herb Kalmbach’s private payroll, what then? Supposing you got a thousand of them, and none of them are law-enforcement officials, none governed by the rules and regulations of the FBI or the CIA, a whole operation of irregulars. If Ulasewicz didn’t have the Ehrlichman connection, it would only be a private activity; but with the Ehrlichman connection, that activity has the cloak of authority.”
In other words, in the mind of liberal Congressman Sarbanes, if you could connect private investigator Tony Ulasewicz and his payments from Nixon contributors funneled by private attorney Kalmbach to the White House, then, again in Sarbanes’ words, “that activity has the cloak of authority.“ (Note: Sarbanes’ performance connecting the White House to a “cloak of authority” given a private investigator was so well received by his fellow Democrats on the Committee that it was his language that became Article I of the three Articles of Impeachment. In Maryland, Sarbanes’ work on White House misdeeds won him election in 1976 to the Senate, where he became the state’s longest serving U.S. Senator, retiring voluntarily in 2006.)
How does this translate to today?
If in fact Karl Frisch’s memo was acted upon, and the book that is about to come out by Media Matters’ boss David Brock contains information gained from private investigators hired with money from Obama supporters with the knowledge and or direction of the Obama White House — to borrow from Sarbanes, Media Matters would be “a whole operation of irregulars” whose decided and repeated connection to the White House well opens the possibility, again in Sarbanes words, that: “…that activity has the cloak of authority.”
And in the case of Tony Ulasewicz, what he did and where he got his money to do what he did eventually led to the resignation of a president.
How did that resignation come about? What was it the Nixon White House did exactly that got it into so much trouble? That brought jail for its staffers, impeachment articles and resignation for the President?
The Nixon White House, in the vernacular of the day, “stonewalled.” Once they did all these things they made false statements to investigators, withheld evidence, counseled witnesses to lie, interfered with a Justice Department investigation… and that’s only a partial list of Article I of the three Articles of Impeachment drawn up by the House Judiciary Committee that, along with the release of Nixon’s tapes, forced his resignation.
WHAT’S DOMINATING the headlines today? Just as in early 1973, Something Else. Then it was the death of Lyndon Johnson, the peace accords in Vietnam and so on. Today, among other things, we are in the midst of a presidential campaign that generates hourly headlines about polls, Santorum this, Romney that, Gingrich over there.
But this time there’s a difference. A big one.
As The Daily Caller has exposed here and here, there have been direct ties between Media Matters and various mainstream media outlets. The Caller lists, among others, MSNBC, the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post.
All of which turns these news outlets from journalists to potential partners in collusion, deliberately seeing to it that the Daily Caller series never sees the light of their TV cameras or printed copy. Unlike the daily, feverish coverage of scandal in the Nixon administration, which even then was late in coming save the Washington Post’s Woodward and Bernstein, the allies of Media Matters have every reason — beginning with protecting their own hides — for not reporting this story.
Last but not least, there is one considerable irony. Let’s call it the tale of the tapes and the book.
The Nixon tapes ended the Nixon presidency with a bang and helped send John Ehrlichman to jail along with a slew of other White House aides.
Watergate became such a mammoth scandal for one reason, at bottom. The conspirators, from President Nixon on down, were incredibly inept at what they were doing. Most famously of all were those infamous tapes. What was seen as a great idea for providing an exact historical record of the Nixon presidency became, to Nixon’s horror, a blueprint for prosecutors and Congressional antagonists determined to impeach him.
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