7. President Richard Nixon on the Watergate break-in
|“I can say categorically that… no one in the White House staff, no one in this administration, presently employed, was involved in this very bizarre incident.”
—President Richard Nixon, discussing the Watergate burglary, August 29, 1972
In fact, many of Nixon’s top staffers were involved in what would come to be known as the Watergate scandal. In June 1973, former White House counsel John Dean testified that he discussed the Watergate cover-up effort with Nixon at least 35 times. Nixon resigned the following summer. “I deeply regret any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision,” he said.