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Former Nixon Staffer discusses Watergate

Squaw Valley Institute presents Bud Krogh, lawyer and

The former head of Richard Nixon’s White House Special Investigations Unit will be in Tahoe to discuss his role in Watergate.

Bud Krogh, who went to prison for his role in Watergate and recently published a memoir, will speak at the PlumpJack Conference Center on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a no-host bar available. Squaw Valley Institute requests a $10 per person donation at the door. Kids under 12 and students with I.D. are free.

Members of Nixon’s White House Special Investigations Unit were also known as the president’s “plumbers” because part of the unit’s duties was to find and plug security leaks. As co-director of the White House “plumbers,” Krogh approved a covert operation as part of a national security investigation into the leak of top-secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy and served four and a half months in prison.

“When I got to the White House, I was fresh out of school and had been a lawyer for only two months,” Krogh said. “I was so eager to please and was motivated by a belief ” acquired from President Richard Nixon ” that national security was at stake in the leak of the Pentagon Papers.”

Krogh’s memoir, “Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House,” tells the story of what really went on behind closed doors, how a man can lose his moral scope and how making decisions without integrity can lead to severe professional and personal consequences. It also recounts how Krogh turned his life around.

Krogh is currently a practicing lawyer in Seattle, Wash. He also lectures, teaches and trains on the Integrity Zone, a decision-making model he created, which will be featured in his talk and can be seen at budkrogh.com.

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Details: squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 581-3022.