That’s true. The president approved of that undertaking but didn’t approve it, which is more than a nuance. Years later, only two weeks after his resignation, Nixon asked Krogh to refresh his memory on whether he had signed off on the Fielding operation. Krogh told him he hadn’t. Nixon said he would have if he had been asked.
“There was a certain consistency there,” Krogh, the architect of the plan, told me last week. “But he didn’t happen to approve that one. He couldn’t keep his break-ins straight.”
North Shore native David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.