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Fred Thompson, Watergate Investigator, Dies In Nashville

November 1, 2015

There is that famous line of questioning from Watergate Republican Counsel Fred Thompson that stunned the nation in 1973.   The answer from Alexander Butterfield provided the start of the end for the Richard Nixon Presidency.

Former Sen. Fred Thompson, the Watergate investigator-turned-actor-turned national political figure, died today at 73 from lymphoma.

The exciting career for Thompson included being assistant U.S. attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1972.  It was at that time he became campaign manager for Republican Sen. Howard Baker’s re-election.

When the Senate appointed a special committee to investigate alleged crimes by the Nixon administration in the 1972 break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at Washington’s Watergate Hotel, Baker was ranking minority member, and Thompson was hired as Republican counsel.

Talk about being the right man at the right time!

Thompson was among the first people outside the administration to learn of President Nixon’s secret Oval Office taping system. It was Thompson who asked Nixon’s former deputy assistant, Alexander Butterfield, the question that led to Butterfield’s public revelation of the tapes on July 16, 1973.

  1. Mark E. Bye permalink
    November 3, 2015 9:43 AM

    I’ll always remember him as the snake-oil salesman “Knox Pooley” from the old “Wiseguy” series. Years later, once he started shilling predatory reverse mortgages, I’d become convinced that, in Fred’s case, art was, indeed, imitating life.

  2. November 2, 2015 7:01 PM

    “I usually know the reliable sites” well if you know of any liberal sites like that let me know, I sure have not found any. Your’s is about the only almost meeting that standard

  3. November 2, 2015 3:11 PM

    This might show you need to be more discriminating when it comes to where you spend your reading time on the internet. I usually know the reliable sites I can turn to for information and analysis. .

  4. November 2, 2015 6:57 AM

    Good man, deserves respect in death but one liberal site shows the real side of compassionate liberalism. Here is their headline, “Actor, Former Senator, and Predatory Home Refinancing Shill Fred Thompson Dead at 73” Sad how this is tolerated by the left. Could you imagine the number of post Deke would have here about evil conservatives if this had been the other way.

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