After the Watergate burglary on June 17, 1972, President Richard Nixon was desperate to shut down the FBI's investigation. He sought help from CIA director Richard Helms, knowing that most of the Watergate burglars had connections to the agency. Both men had done whatever was necessary to endure decades of brutal Washington politics, however, and Helms wasn't going to sabotage his own career. In the clandestine struggle that ensued, Jefferson Morley points out, Nixon would end in disgrace, but Helms had his own price to pay.
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