SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Just a coincidence?

Monday, Jan 13, 2014

* A few weeks before former Gov. Otto Kerner was indicted by a federal grand jury, Richard Nixon and his attorney general had a conversation about going after the sitting federal appellate judge. “I’d like to see you get him,” Nixon says. “Yeah, I would too, for a number of reasons,” Attorney Gen. John Mitchell replied.

There’s some profanity here, so keep that in mind if you’re at work. From the White House tapes

* Jim Thompson, who was US Attorney at the time, flatly denies that the White House was involved

Kerner “was a terrible witness,” and was “arrogant” and “hostile,” Thompson said in a recording. Thompson also said that while Kerner testified that he never interfered or gave orders on racing dates, “we had other evidence to the contrary” including “testimony of two of the racing commissioners that he had … ordered them to change racing dates.” Thompson also said Kerner said he never met with a certain official to discuss dates, “when the truth was found in his diary that he had.”

Also in DePue’s interview, Thompson denies any knowledge of influence from Nixon.

“I never saw or heard of any evidence that suggested that this was a personal priority of the president,” said Thompson. “The investigation that led to the indictment of Kerner was begun and carried out by career prosecutors … who had no ax to grind.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


14 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 1:10 pm:

    I’ve read just about every word I can find on Nixon — books, diaries, memoirs, White House tapes –and it’s certainly true he kept a wary eye on Kerner in regards to 1972: Democrat, urban ethnic Catholic from the largest Midwestern state.

    His main obsession, of course, was Ted Kennedy. And he was gravely concerned about George Wallace running another third-party candidacy and denying him Southern electoral votes, or throwing them to a Dem candidate with a plurality.

    Impossible, with the information available, to say whether his crew of sycophants acted on his wish to get Kerner.

    Nixon used to rant and rave quite a bit when he was angry. Sometimes he was ignored (like when he wanted Jack Anderson clipped or the Brookings Institution firebombed), sometimes he wasn’t (like with the break-in to Daniel Ellsberg’s shrink’s office, or the effort to dig up dirt on Larry O’Brien, resulting in Watergate).


  2. - PoolGuy - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 2:14 pm:

    I would think Nixon had re-election, Vietnam, China, Soviets/detente more to worry about than a former IL Gov but who knows. very interesting, I read a lot on Nixon and watch any new bios or old footage/tapes too.


  3. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    Pool Guy, he could obsess though, and he had no one strong enough around him to tell him when he was off his rocker.

    He obsessed about Larry O’Brien, who had been on retainer to Howard Hughes after RFK was killed.

    Nixon was apparently worried that O’Brien might have some more dirt than previously disclosed on Nixon’s dealings with Hughes.

    Hence, Watergate. Which came at a time when Nixon was obviously going to beat McGovern in a landslide.


  4. - jim - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 2:23 pm:

    Nixon and Mitchell may have wanted to get him, but you still have to have something to get Kerner with. I would think if anything has been settled, it’s Kerner’s monkey business with the race track stock, although the question as to whether his behavior fit within the definition of mail fraud is unknowable, at least as far as he is concerned.


  5. - PoolGuy - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 2:40 pm:

    Word you’re right he did know how to obssess. I remember listening to a tape of him ripping on Fred Thompson during the Watergate hearings and making snide comments about him. Fred was just some young attorney at the time.

    I also made the mistake of reading Silent Coup. that was the book that said Al Haig was Deepthroat (wrong) and also tried to say the Watergate break-in had something to do with Dean trying to cover up a call girl ring his wife was involved with.

    I’m sure it was more about Howard Hughes and the money his brother got from him, not call girls :)


  6. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    “Silent Coup” was trash, a conspiracy theory emanating from big-brain G. Gordon Liddy. Like that guy ever got anything right.


  7. - PoolGuy - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 2:57 pm:

    yes I regret ever reading it now. they had a better chance proving Al Haig was the Zodiac killer


  8. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 3:25 pm:

    Pool, in a bizarre twist of history, Nixon, in 1980, testified on behalf of the real Deep Throat, Mark Felt, when he faced charges of authorizing illegal FBI break-ins directed against the Weather Underground.

    Those illegal break-ins, by the way, paved the way for the government to drop charges against Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and let them emerge from underground.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/01/AR2005060101927.html


  9. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 3:30 pm:

    ===paved the way for the government to drop charges against Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and let them emerge from underground.===

    And then Ayers got Obama elected President. Where does it end? How high up does this go?


  10. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    47, and you thought that Manchurian Candidate stuff was just right-wing paranoia.

    Walk away. You heard and saw nothing.


  11. - PoolGuy - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 4:09 pm:

    so the real Deep Throat indirectly helped Obama get elected? i like this conspiracy. but Sinatra can’t reprise his role in the sequel.


  12. - PoolGuy - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 4:11 pm:

    also i never heard that about Nixon testifying for Felt in court. fascinating. I need to start reading again and stop Cap Fax blogging so much.


  13. - Anon - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 4:13 pm:

    It´s pretty chilling when the Chief Executive sics the AG on someone. It reminds me of something Beria said: ¨Show me the man, and I´ll find the crime.¨


  14. - Amalia - Monday, Jan 13, 14 @ 4:15 pm:

    never fails to amaze how pols way up in the polls…Nixon, Christie….get greedy and want to crush their opponents in overly detailed ways. Nixon stories are never ending, so much material to mine. Meanwhile, is the Christie story really about endorsement from the Ft. Lee mayor, or is Rachel Maddow on to something with the anger over the NJ Supreme Ct. appointment matter? Whatever, Christie exhibits the same Nixonian tendency to obsess about enemies and we know where that got him. Endless bad stories like this one.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* A grand good morning to you all!
* Late, late poll... Who won the debate?
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Talon (Plus) for Android 5.0 released, Classic unpublished
        * Poll results: How do you use your Lumia smartphone?
        * Microsoft Drops Nokia Name, Sticks With ‘Lumia’ For Windows Phones
        * Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 available on AT&T this October 24
        * Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $99 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down
        * Apple Patent Hints Remote Unlocking And Trunk Operation Possible For Future CarPlay
        * Nexus 6, Android 5.0 will include ‘Ambient display’

        * Download Free Excel Templates to Manage Time, Money or Productivity
        * Notti Smart Light Changes Colour Depending On Your Received Phone Notification (video)
        * BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition Announced
        * Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus Appears On Samsung Netherlands’ Website
        * Candy Crush Soda Saga Makes Its Way Onto Facebook
        * New Social Network Tsu — Which Pays Users Who Post — Raises $7 Million
        * How Did You Overcome a Spending Problem?

        * Reading Room: A wild card of a World Series
        * Following same path as '59 White Sox, KC eyes title
        * larry's Offseason Plan
        * Abreu wins Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year honors
        * Jose Abreau wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
        * Jose Abreu wins the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
        * Lost in Isolation: A White Sox fan abroad.


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Pat Quinn challenger: 'I can't be bought' - Was.....
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot..
        * Governors to watch for 2016 and beyond: What th.....
        * Bill Clinton to campaign for Governor Quinn in .....
        * Final guv debate: taxes, jobs, schools..
        * That’s Probably The Flu That You’ve Got & NOT E.....
        * What is at stake in the 2014 gubernatorial races?..
        * Ill. Governor, Challenger Spar over Economy..
        * Lobbying In The United States..


        * Funeral set for basketball coach Wayne McClain
        * USDA: Illinois corn, soybean harvests slogs along
        * Bill Clinton to campaign for Quinn Tuesday
        * Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot
        * Quinn, Rauner debate income tax increase
        * Governor hopefuls disagree on charter schools
        * Illinois governor candidates spar in last debate
        * Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * EPA awards $8.6 million to reduce Lake Erie algae

        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes
        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * What to watch for in third governor debate tonight
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Chicago Sun-Times endorses Rauner for governor
        * Sun-Times, Belleville, Champaign, Peoria newspapers endorse Rauner for governor
        * Bill Clinton to address workers at pro-Quinn rally
        * Body camera use concerns Illinois police officers
        * Illinois unemployment rate falls again, to 6.6 percent
        * Panel to look at body cameras in eavesdropping law discussion

        * McDonald's: 'By all measures our performance fell short of our expectations'
        * Final guv debate: taxes, jobs, schools
        * With a boost from Lurie, Central DuPage wants to expand
        * It's official: AbbVie and Shire end merger talks
        * Northwestern, U of C among four hospitals that would treat Ebola patients


        * Fix pot law conflicts so industry can grow
        * Chicago Public Schools to sell headquarters for $28 million
        * Cardinal George’s advice to Archbishop Cupich: ‘Spend a lot of time listening’
        * Convicted sex offender in custody after 7 bodies found in NW Indiana
        * Fioretti tries to put heat on Emanuel over short yellow lights
        * Neely’s pre-election resignation deja vu of how she got her start
        * Emanuel’s cable tax hike to cost average consumer $28.80 a year
        * Scholar’s take on bishops’ synod: ‘Amazing days if you’re a Catholic’
        * Obama votes early, campaigns for Quinn
        * Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery


        * Cops: Boy, 17, fatally shot by officer after refusing to drop knife
        * Man killed, two people wounded in Dixmoor shooting
        * Chicago to see partial solar eclipse Thursday
        * Ebola fear puts family in voluntary quarantine in Rock Island
        * Foes, supporters speak out on New Trier tax increase request
        * 'My heart breaks,' says mom of one of 7 Indiana slaying victims
        * What experts say about serial killers
        * Suspect in Indiana serial killings has violent past
        * Millions pledged to carry out CPS arts program
        * Quinn, Rauner unleash negativity in final debate


        * Area Cub Scouts Burned In Explosion
        * Notes On The Final Governor Debate
        * Scary Story: Hand In Glove By Shawna Mayer
        * Task Force Hopes To Help Turn Students Into Good Citizens
        * Digging up the history of a Civil War camp on Chicago's South Side
        * Indiana suspect hints at more killings
        * Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program At Odds With Federal Policy
        * UIS Poverty Series Continues With "American Winter" Screening
        * Third & Final Governor Debate Tonight
        * Are Computer Keyboards Killing Cursive?


        * Our Opinion: White, Madigan for another term
        * Quinn, Rauner spar over jobs, taxes
        * Our Opinion: Say yes to Magro’s project
        * John Schick: Letter confirmed aggression toward bicyclists
        * Election 2014: Learn about all the candidates
        * U of I sees turning point as election nears
        * Our Opinion: Re-elect Durbin for another term in U.S. Senate
        * Bill Press: Do you trust your government on Ebola?
        * Quote of the Day: Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
        * Our Opinion: Rodney Davis has earned another term


        * Granite City man accused of exposing himself to students on bus -- twice
        * Domestic abuse simulation lets participants live ‘In Her Shoes’
        * Body cameras become the norm for police
        * Carbondale police investigating two incident over the weekend
        * Throw the bums out on Nov. 4
        * LWV canceled; Weibel did not
        * Central site means no on referendum
        * Late UI prof was man of great stature
        * Looking out for No. 1
        * Pull plug on new gambling


        * Chef du Jour: Naperville chef perfects pairing for Portuguese wine
        * Dawn Patrol: Quinn, Rauner in feisty debate; how deputies' lives saved
        * Finding victims in Indiana case a lengthy process
        * Constable: Teens eclipse expectations for observatory
        * McHenry sheriff: Shooter ready to 'finish off' wounded deputies

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......
        * Dick Durbin bio...
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......
        * Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ......

        * Senator Mark Kirk: Congress Will Not Suppo......
        * Dear Editor,...

        * Hinsdale teachers ratify the contract. Now it is up to the board to abide by their commitment.
        * Why you should care about Hinsdale. Tea Party loses the vote on a new contract.
        * The [Thursday] Papers
        * Millionaires Not Sweet On Halloween
        * The Weekend In Chicago Rock
        * The NSA's "U.S. Corporate Partners"
        * Will anyone care Sun-Times may have dumped all over its statehouse reporter to appease a political candidate?
        * Take note of first complaint received through Ethics Citation Program
        * Morning Minute: Don’t make these credit score mistakes
        * Morning Minute: Mortgage rates fall below 4 percent, hit yearly low


        * Rauner Campaign Statement on Final Debate
        * What They’re Saying About Pat Quinn
        * What They’re Saying About Bruce Rauner
        * Illinois EPA Registration of Smaller Sources Program Hits Program Landmark - 3,000 Illinois Small Businesses Benefit from Permit Streamlining
        * Rauner Sweeping Endorsements Across Illinois




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller