Charles Colson

Colson was the former White House counsel specializing in political affairs and was involved with the Committee to Re-elect the President. He was very dedicated in his work at the CRP and is reported have once said "I'd walk over my own grandmother to re-elect Richard Nixon."

Colson had the ideas for many of the more outrageous plans of the CRP during the Watergate era. In 1971, he proposed firebombing the Brookings Institution to steal contents that might be politically damaging while the firefighters put the fire out. He also proposed the theft of papers from Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office. Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon papers to the New York Times, which were documents about the Vietnam War that were politically damaging to the Nixon administration. Haldeman later admitted in his 2005 book, "The Good Life," that he leaked documents from Ellsberg's secret FBI file to the press.

Colson was charged with one count of obstruction of justice. He plead no contest in the Ellsberg case. He served seven months out of the 1 to 3 years he was sentenced to and was fined $5,000.

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