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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-16-10 11:38 AM
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19. Files Detail Aid to Bush By Nixon White House

Ian Fleming and Jules Verne would be hard-pressed to write better fiction than America's modern history, to wit:

Files Detail Aid to Bush By Nixon White House

The New York Times
June 11, 1992

WASHINGTON, June 10 In the early 1970's, even as President Richard M. Nixon became enveloped in the Watergate scandal, he helped elevate George Bush, then a former Texas Congressman, to national political prominence.

Now, as the June 17 break-in at the Watergate approaches its 20th anniversary, a review of thousands of files -- many made public in the last few years -- offers interesting new historical details of Mr. Bush's connections to the Nixon Presidency before and after it was overtaken by Watergate.

While the documents in the National Archives hold no major new disclosures, they shed new light on the benefits Mr. Bush received from a 1970 campaign financing arrangement by the Nixon White House, known as the townhouse operation because it was operated out of a townhouse in Northwest Washington, that later came under the scrutiny of Watergate prosecutors. And they provide new evidence of blackmail efforts by the Nixon White House that were little discussed previously.

The documents from the Nixon White House detail the Administration's plan to distribute $6,000 in cash to selected candidates, including Mr. Bush, then a Congressman from Texas who was running for the Senate. The cash was part of an effort both to help fellow Republicans and gain political "leverage" over the recipients, should they later hold important positions.

A month after Mr. Bush lost the Senate race, Mr. Nixon named him the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Then, in early 1973, Mr. Bush became chairman of the Republican National Committee. The documents from the Archives indicate that Mr. Bush asked in July 1973 whether party records of the townhouse operation should be burned. After a long fight, the Watergate prosecutor later obtained townhouse records from the White House.


Those old school ties really, really bind constitutional government.
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