As a member of President Nixon’s Watergate defense team, Geoff Shepard holds alternative views of events and how they unfolded during the Watergate scandal.
In essence, he argues that once the scandal investigations had become highly politicized, through creation of the Senate Watergate Committee and the Office of the Special Prosecutor, two major injustices followed:
First, that the scandal itself was skillfully exploited by President Nixon’s political opponents who were far more interested in destroying the Republican party in advance of the 1976 presidential election than in punishing actual wrongdoing.
It was the career prosecutors who had broken the cover-up, but they were quickly removed from the case by Archibald Cox, the newly appointed Special Prosecutor. His office then postponed the pending indictments for ten months, while they launched unrelated investigations into every aspect of the Nixon presidency, sent FBI and IRS agents to interview over 120 major Republican contributors, and developed background information on every potential GOP presidential candidate, including President Gerald Ford, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Vice Presidential nominee Senator Robert Dole, and California Governor Ronald Reagan.