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Mon Mar 11, 2013, 02:45 PM

28. Book: there were some things even J. Edgar Hoover wouldn't do for Nixon

NPR's Fresh Air had a good interview with the author of a new book on J. Edgar Hoover, which is based on tons of recently released materials and tapes.

The author says that J. Edgar Hoover refused to let the FBI be used for Nixon's dirty tricks. Hoover was perfectly willing to do everything possible (legal or not) to go after supposed Commies and perverts, but he wasn't willing to do it to spy on Democrats for purely partisan purposes. As a direct result, Nixon created his own "Plumbers" group, which was caught in the Watergate break-in.

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