After learning that his own Justice Department is investigating his crimes, Vice President Spiro Agnew embarks on a secret, behind-the-scenes effort... to obstruct justice. To use his power inside the White House to interfere with the investigation and shut it down.
Mike Yarvitz. U.S. Attorney George Beall ended up donating his papers to Frostburg State University in Maryland. Names of persons that I remember him telling me about included Vice President Agnew ... and George Bush.”. AGNEW: Glenn Beall's the only way to influence this. An “outsider” political candidate who rose to the White House, out of nowhere, with a reputation as a “counter-puncher.” But Vice President Spiro Agnew was also something else… an active criminal whose secrets were about to be exposed. These are the source references for Episode 4 of Rachel Maddow's Bag Man podcast, a transcript of which you can find here.Subscribe through your … So, what the President and the Vice President are discussing in the Oval Office at this point is, number one: how they can get a U.S. Attorney to shutdown an ongoing investigation of the Vice President. HALDEMAN: The Vice President called me over today and said he had a real problem. Listen to the Peabody Award-nominated series now.
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It is an overt, spelled-out effort to use political power and political leverage to shutdown this potent criminal case. What they’re talking about here is instructing the U.S. Attorney George Beall specifically to fire the main prosecutor working on the case, Barney Skolnik: AGNEW: Somehow get Glenn Beall—George Beall, the brother-- to realize that he's— go in there, finish up what he's doing ... Get this thing over with and get this guy, Skolnik, who's a Muskie volunteer, the hell out of his office. What you’re hearing right now is an audio diary that Bob Haldeman kept during his time as Nixon’s White House Chief of Staff. Richard Nixon White House Tapes, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA, April 10, 1973, H. R. Haldeman Diaries Collection.
An unprecedented assault... on his own Justice Department that's investigating him. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA, April 13, 1973. Tired of the lies? Well, you, you want my reaction to this? And what Nixon immediately moves to is... who is this U.S. Attorney and what can we do about it?
HAIG: He isn’t here, so I did it through George Bush on the first run. But a Democrat had beaten him and taken the seat in 1964.
The Vice President of the United States— right at the height of Watergate—has been conducting a secret bribery and extortion operation… from inside the White House itself. HAIG: Yeah, they’re after everybody. Editorial and production support from Jonathan Hirsch and Marissa Schneiderman for Neon Hum Media. Bag Man. Think about what this says, what this means, about their boss George Beall, the Republican U.S. Attorney who was overseeing their investigation.
And that is when things went totally off the rails… to the point where Spiro Agnew actually believed that Richard Nixon might be plotting to have him killed. When Al Haig took over that job, one of those duties that he inherited, was a White House plan that already in action to obstruct and try to shutdown a criminal investigation of the Vice President. That’s next. So, it’s remarkable for us to realize that the prosecutors have never known about any of this until now.
It’s a scheme that involves President Nixon himself, members of Nixon's inner circle, and it has never been known to the prosecutors investigating the case... even now, 45 years later. After learning that his own Justice Department is investigating his crimes, Vice President Spiro Agnew embarks on a secret, behind-the-scenes effort... to obstruct justice. YARVITZ: I mean, what does-- you’re a lawyer-- what does that look like? REPORTER: You say that you were actually fearful that if you did not go along, President Nixon might have ordered you assassinated, could you explain that? Richard Nixon White House Tapes, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew campaigns with Rep. Glenn Beall, August 5, 1970, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA, April 30, 1973, H. R. Haldeman Diaries Collection. Senator named Glenn Beall. Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, “Meet The Press”, NBC News (May 18, 1980), Bibliographic and research material for Episode 4: Turn It Off, through your preferred podcasting service, “Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, “The Client Decides: A Litigator's Life: Jackie Onassis, Vice President Spiro Agnew, Donald Trump, Roy Cohn, and More”, “Spiro Agnew and The Rise of the Republican Right”, “The Creative Balance: Government, Politics, and The Individual in America’s Third Century.”. Check out a sneak preview of Bag Man, Rachel Maddow’s first original podcast. First, of course, is that a future U.S. President participated in what was likely a criminal scheme to obstruct justice. 1976, “Clement Stone Dies at 100; Built Empire on Optimism”, The New York Times (September 5, 2002), “Sinatra Reported Working Hard Among Friends to Raise Money To Aid Agnew”, The New York Times (December 4, 1973), “Nixon Visits Baltimore, Hails Beall”, The Baltimore Sun Newspaper (October 25, 1970), “Beall Feted By Agnew At Republican Dinner”, The Evening Sun Newspaper (October 21, 1970), Agnew Legal Defense Fund Press Release, Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, April 25, 1973. Whatever they wanted George to do, he didn't do!