Here are some of the documents that Geoff Shepard has uncovered over the past forty-five years supporting his thesis that President Nixon was driven from office by a secret cabal of prosecutors, judges and congressional staff.
A) Top page of prosecutor’s handwritten 10/10/73 interview notes, saying Dean had not accused Haldeman or Ehrlichman of wrongdoing when he first sought immunity from prosecutors: “Situation in state of flux because of Senate Committee – Cox after 4/15. Dean becomes antagonistic to E & H, whereas before he had given the impressions that H was clean & was restrained as to E’s involvement.” Dean’s change in testimony was never revealed to defense counsel.
B) Jaworski’s 12/27/73 letter to Sirica, noting four top prosecutors had met privately with two Watergate judges, an event, if known at the time, would have precluded any of them from participating in the Watergate prosecutions.
C) Jaworski’s 1/14/74 memo asking for the hiring of someone with a defense perspective to balance the prosecutors’ aggressive views.
D) Philip Lacovara’s 1/21/74 memo to Jaworski, urging a private meeting with Judge Sirica to pre-clear a method by which otherwise secret grand jury evidence could be transmitted to Congress, without President Nixon’s lawyers ever seeing it.
E) Jaworski’s 1/21/74 memo to his deputy complaining about the highly politicized prosecutors he had inherited from his predecessor and how they were determined to get Nixon “at all cost.”
F) Peter Rient’s 2/6/74 memo, “Material Discrepancies Between the Senate Select Committee Testimony of John Dean and the Tapes of Dean’s Meetings with the President,” itemizing some fifteen such instances.
G) New York Times 2/6/74 article reporting on John Dean’s disbarment and detailing the accusations brought by the Virginia Bar Association.
H) Jaworski’s 2/12/74 memo to his confidential Watergate file, describing another of his secret meetings with Judge Sirica. This one implies a quid pro quo: We’ll bring the indictments in time for you to name yourself to preside at trial; you approve our idea for transmitting otherwise secret grand jury evidence to the Congress.
I) Jaworski’s memo to his confidential Watergate file, describing his 2/28/74 phone call with Nixon’s chief of staff somehow omitting any mention that the grand jury had named the President an unindicted co-conspirator in the Watergate cover-up, and how he and Judge Sirica met privately on 3/1/74 to rehearse how they could enable the judge to appoint himself to preside over the Cover-up Trial.
J) Lacovara’s 4/30/74 memo saying Gordon Liddy’s lawyer had said he might well have testified if Nixon’s offer had been conveyed correctly.
K) Jaworski’s 6/28/74 letter offering to secretly share grand jury evidence with House Judiciary Committee staff, which was done without court approval or White House knowledge.
L) Lacovara’s 7/23/74 memo suggesting that allowing Judge Sirica to appoint himself to preside over the Cover-up Trial was a mistake.
M) First page of Bob Woodward’s 12/5/74 interview notes of Jaworski interview, offering tantalizing clue to his ex parte meetings with Sirica.
N) Excerpt from prosecutors’ 1977 book, Stonewall, describing how the original Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox, felt about John Dean.
O) Stonewall excerpt describing how helpful it was for Dean, as prosecutors’ chief witness, to appear to have been punished for his own cover-up role. The description omits mention that Dean, in spite of his 1-4 year prison sentence, never spent a single night in jail. Instead, he was placed in a witness protection program for the trial’s duration, after which he was freed completely.
P) Stonewall excerpt describing secret meetings with House Judiciary staff, confirming that WSPF prosecutors secretly staffed the Committee’s Impeachment Inquiry.
Q) Excerpt from John Dean’s 2014 book, The Nixon Defense, admitting the meaning of the Smoking Gun tape has been misunderstood from the outset.
R) November 2, 1973 memo reporting Dean has admitted to destroying evidence taken from Howard Hunt’s office safe.
Additional materials have been posted on his website at www.ShepardOnWatergate.com.