Former Nixon advisor to discuss Vietnam and Watergate

Marking the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as U.S. president, John W. Dean, who served as White House Counsel during the Nixon administration, will be on the Hanover College campus Wednesday, Oct. 1 to present “Vietnam and Watergate.”

The event takes place at 7 p.m. in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The event is at full capacity, however, wait list tickets are available by contacting Chris Wilcox at wilcox@hanover.edu or calling 812-866-7356.

See also: Dean and Robenalt present Watergate CLE

Deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries, as well as the subsequent scandal and cover-up, Dean pleaded guilty to a single felony count in exchange for becoming a key witness for the prosecution. His actions resulted in his serving a four-month prison sentence.

Currently a best-selling author of the books, “Blind Ambition,” “Conservatives Without Conscience” and “Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush,” among others, Dean’s presentation will focus on his newest release, “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It.”

The book draws on Dean’s own transcripts of almost 1,000 conversations, Nixon’s secretly recorded information and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library. Based on Nixon’s overlooked recordings, Dean dispels the myths about Watergate to reveal a full account of the late president’s involvement.

Raised in Ohio and Illinois, Dean earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1961. He received a juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1965. After serving at a Washington law firm, Dean became the chief minority counsel to the Republican members of the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary from 1966 to 1967. He then served as associate director of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws for approximately two years.

Dean volunteered to write position papers on crime for Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign in 1968. The following year he became an associate deputy in the U.S. Attorney General’s office, serving under John Mitchell.

In July 1970, Dean accepted an appointment to become counsel to the president, after the previous holder of this post, John Ehrlichman, became the president’s chief domestic adviser.

After the Watergate scandal, he became an investment banker, author and lecturer, the first of which Dean retired from in 2000.

Sharing the Fitzgibbon stage with Dean will be Jim Robenalt, a Cleveland lawyer who has collaborated with him on other projects.