It was October 1973, and I was thirty-nine years old. Watergate had broken out in September of the previous year. I was in the midst of living “the good life,” and, although I had been following the news accounts of the Watergate affair fairly closely, it was more background noise than anything else. My attention was focused on practicing law in Houston, Texas, building an international law firm, and managing my business affairs.

The Senate Watergate Committee was in full operation, and John Dean, the president’s counsel, had testified that President Nixon knew of the Watergate cover-up as early as September 1972. There was also testimony that John Ehrlichman, one of the president’s closest advisors, had approved cash payments to ...

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