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From Barnes & NobleWatergate figure John Dean blows the whistle on his old boss, former president Richard Nixon, and his (largely unsuccessful, but not through lack of trying) efforts to pack the Supreme Court through forced resignations of sitting justices -- a plan cooked up before he was even inaugurated.
When William Rehnquist was nominated by Nixon in the fall of 1971, he was a little-known assistant attorney general, one whom Nixon himself had earlier derided as a "clown." Despite the fact that Rehnquist had some controversial actions in his past, he escaped serious questioning by Congress. At the same time, Nixon had another Court vacancy to fill, thus giving him a grand opportunity to unleash the plan he had cooked up. For the first time ever, John Dean fills the reader in on this most secretive of presidential duties: the selection and nomination of a Supreme Court justice.