The Miami Book Fair which is this Saturday November 22nd, has probably made an egregious error in its decision to feature both former White House Counsel John Dean and liberal author Rick Perlstein this Saturday as both have new books that are now under fire.
Dean is fighting to maintain his narrative about Watergate, one that hides his true role and culpability in the scandal against mounting new evidence that Dean is the man who planned, executed and then covered up Watergate and the involvement of him and wife in a call girl ring. Investigative Journalist Phil Stanford, using new documentation, proves this in his explosive new book, White House Call Girl.
I confronted Dean about his lies on C-SPAN at the Texas Book Festival.
In his new book, The Nixon Defense, Dean largely omits his own role in Watergate saying those who want to understand what he did should read his book, Blind Ambition. Yet when confronted under oath about discrepancies between his sworn testimony and that book, Dean said he didn't write Blind Ambition, blaming it on ghost writer Taylor Branch–(who Dean said was smoking pot!)–and later on his editor Alice Mayhew, both of whom denied those allegations. In fact Dean said he never even read Blind Ambition before it was published.
Mr. Dean has airbrushed himself out of the story all right. Gone is Dean’s role in paying hush money to the burglars. Gone is the fact that it was Dean who dangled executive clemency for Watergate burglar James McCord to buy his silence. Gone is the fact that it was Dean who destroyed the operational notebook recovered from E. Howard Hunt’s safe; and it was Dean who added the Watergate break-in to the Gemstone plan.
Now comes a devastating new revelation that the lawyer for the Watergate burglars, Douglas Caddy, worked in John Dean’s White House office and that Dean tried to get Caddy to pay hush money to the burglars.
Both White House gumshoes John Caulfield and Tony Ulasewicz who worked for Dean say in taped oral histories now at Texas A&M and in their own written memoirs that Dean ordered them to case-out the Watergate six weeks before the first break-in – meaning Dean knew about the break-in in advance. This is primary source research. Why should we believe Dean and not them?
Further clouding the horizon for Dean is this news:
NEW YORK (AP) — More transcripts of White House tapes from the Richard Nixon administration will be published next August focusing on 1973, the year the world learned the recordings existed.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Tuesday that the new book will be called The Nixon Tapes: 1973 and will be edited and annotated by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter, who worked on last summer's best-seller, The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972.
The new transcripts will capture a turning point for Nixon, who had been easily re-elected in 1972.
Televised Watergate hearings in 1973 revealed widespread wrongdoing and the startling news that the president had been taping conversations. Nixon ended the recordings, which contained devastating evidence of White House misconduct, in July 1973 and resigned the following year.
Because Dean truncates or omits entirely his taped conversations with Nixon of March 13, 16, 17 and 20 1973, in which Dean can clearly be heard urging Nixon to commit crimes, the tapes covered in the new book by Brinkley and Nichter are devastating to Dean’s story.
I will be in Texas on Nov 22, the 51st anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Assassination to talk about my book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: the Case Against LBJ, so I will miss the Miami Book Fair Soiree in Miami. Pity. If I were there, I'd ask Mr. Dean these questions.
“Why have you falsely denied your connection to mob connected high priced call girl and madam, Heidi Rikan, whose call girl ring was supplying prostitutes to the Democratic National Committee?
Why are your name and private phone numbers in her little black book?
Didn't you really orchestrate the Watergate break-in to secure records of these connections as well as your own wife's past?
Why was Watergate burglar Eugenio Martinez arrested with the key to the desk drawer where a portfolio of photos of the available call girls were kept?
Why are parts of your wife's testimony and exhibits pertaining to her background in your unsuccessful lawsuit against Saint Martin's Press–a suit that was withdrawn–not settled and sealed? What are you hiding?”
Liberal Author Rick Perlstein wrote an early book about the political ferment on the right in the wake of Barry Goldwater’s rise The Gathering Storm, and in Nixonland on the politics of resent as practiced by Richard Nixon.
There is controversy over Perlstein's book that is being featured at the Miami Book Fair: The Invisible Bridge, about the rise of Ronald Reagan.
The New York Post reported “Craig Shirley, who wrote two award-winning books on Ronald Reagan, claims Rick Perlstein plagiarized his prose in at least 45 instances in his new book.
When Shirley filed a $25 million lawsuit with a detailed deconstruction of Perlstein’s alleged theft, The American Spectator covered the dust up.
Beyond that I detect a nasty tone in Perlstein’s new book that did not quite exist in his previous books. A man of the Left, his disdain and dismissal of Reagan is palpable.
A disbarred lawyer whose lies about Watergate are catching up with him and an author being sued for plagiarism–is this the best the Miami Book Fair can offer?
43rd President George W. Bush’s biography of his father George Herbert Walker Bush is a whitewash of history and a warm-up act for the latest White House contender from the House of Bush, Jeb.
Missing is the entire Bush back-story: the family providing financing to the Nazis to buy arms; the support for eugenics; 41’s involvement with the CIA in the Bay of Pigs; his evasions about November 22, 1963; his name appearing in the address book of Lee Harvey Oswald’s handler George de Mohrenschildt; his involvement in the CIA drug running; the murder of drug runner Barry Seal; the real reason Bush fell out with Ross Perot and the real Bush role in both the attempted assassination of Reagan and the attempt to set Reagan up in Iran-Contra. These have all been air-brushed out of 41- A Portrait of My Father. All are missing in this book which is a sanitized campaign biography.
New research on the Reagan Assassination attempt includes Hinkley's ties to the CIA and more.
I first encountered “Ambassador Bush” as he was then called in 1980 when working as a senior campaign aide for Governor Ronald Reagan. The Bush campaign was a curious collection of current spooks, “retired” spooks and rich old WASPs from the right families. There was an endless stream of dirty tricks, whining and a sense of entitlement from the Bushites.
Bush would go to great lengths to become vice president in 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980. The efforts to smear his rivals when he maneuvered for the nomination under Reagan in 1980 have never been revealed. Bush’s role in making a deal with the Iranians to insure the defeat of Jimmy Carter is something I have first hand knowledge of.
The Bushes also financed a ‘honey trap” in which Delaware congressman Tom Evans, an influential Reagan adviser who was actively opposing Bush being on the Reagan ticket, was set up to get caught with ex-Penthouse pet Paula Parkinson.
Behind his rather goofy demeanor and colorful socks lies a vicious, unprincipled ,ruthless, ambitious, power-hungry crony capitalist prepared to do and say anything to become president and pass it on to his sons.
I will produce the definitive book on the real George H. W. Bush– a book about money, power, class, political intrigue, drug dealing and murder–from Skyhorse Publishing in January 2016.
Just because Freddo became President doesn’t mean we now have to give it to Michael. We need another Bush like we need another Clinton.
Not long ago, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was, according to some Democrats and media talking heads, Obama 2.0. The tall, photogenic Booker was going to be our next African-American president, we were told. Indeed Booker was handily re-elected in the bluest of blue states.
Booker bounded to the U.S. Senate in a special election after Gov. Chris Christie declined to appoint a Republican who would run for the seat, a stunning act of bad faith that conservatives should not forget in 2016.
Booker is Senator for the Facebook age. The Rhodes Scholar and Yale law grad spends more time in Washington, New York and Hollywood than in gritty Newark.
He is seen at the right parties, has the right model arm-pieces and gets big money from the beautiful people. Like Paris Hilton, Booker, with little record, is famous for being famous. His top Senate goal is to take a selfie with all 99 of his Senate colleagues. He tells stories about his exploits most of are later proven to be lies.
He's big on publicity stunts, short on actual accomplishments. Call him Senator Kardashian.
But while getting famous, Cory Booker also got rich.
On Sept. 5, The Newark Star Ledger reported that the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI are investigating the looting of the Newark Watershed, a runaway city-controlled agency that Booker and his cronies appear to have used to line their own pockets. Incredibly no one in New Jersey's notoriously lazy and in-the-tank press corp asked Booker about these transactions.
Booker received payments totaling $698,000 between 2007 and 2012 from Trenk DiPasquale, a law firm where he once worked that in turn raked in over $2.5 million in fees from the Watershed and the Newark Housing Authority.
Yet there’s no paper trail: neither Booker nor the Watershed has produced contracts explaining their relationships with Trenk DiPasquale. Booker even omitted his payments from the U.S. Senate mandatory financial disclosure, only to add an amendment to his filing when his tax return revealed the money months later.
He has offered three different public explanations of what the money was for: services rendered, an equity interest, and (most recently) a “separation agreement for work he performed before he became mayor,” according to his campaign spokesperson.
The criminal investigation and potential prosecution were set in motion on Feb. 19, 2014 when the New Jersey Office of the Comptroller detailed the allegedly corrupt practices of Watershed Executive Director and longtime Booker ally Linda Watkins-Brashear.
Watkins-Brashear wrote unreported checks to herself for $200,000, reaped $700,000 in two severance packages, gave more than $1 million in contracts to her friends and ex-husband, and lost $500,000 in dubious stock ventures, the report states.
When asked about the transactions by the state comptroller, Watkins-Brashear invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.
Through her attorneys, Watkins-Brashear said the report wrongly laid blame at her feet and said she acted at all times with the knowledge and approval of then Mayor Cory Booker’s administration.
Perhaps most significantly, Booker installed his close friend, former law partner, and campaign treasurer Elnardo Webster as the Watershed’s general counsel. It was an extremely lucrative arrangement for Webster and Trenk DiPasquale, which was paid more than $1 million dollars by the Watershed in the five years after Booker was elected mayor — at least $400,000 of which there was no contract for.
That’s Booker delivering over a million dollars going to a law firm that was passing $698,000 to Mayor Booker under what Booker now claims was a “separation agreement,” despite the fact he reported it on his tax returns as earned income from a business in which he materially participated. Linda Watkins-Brashear twice gave herself lucrative “severance packages” as cover for her fraudulent payouts.
In the last election Booker is shunned debates with his thoughtful Republican opponent, Jeff Bell, probably because he didn't not want to answer questions about the $698,000. But voters deserve better. Chris Christie’s alleged misdeeds seem pedestrian next to the junior senator from New Jersey.
Cory Booker will not follow in the steps of Barack Obama. He is far more likely to follow in the steps of fellow New Jersey Democrats “Pete” Williams, Mayor Hugh Addonizio Mayor Ken Gibson and Mayor Sharpe James, all of whom went to jail. Meanwhile, Booker’s official biography and his Wikipedia page have been scrubbed to omit any mention of his former law firm, which made him $698,000 richer while mayor.
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