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G. Gordon Liddy, planner of Watergate burglary, dies at 90

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by Phil Helsel and Julie Goldstein

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G. Gordon Liddy, the political operative who supervised the Watergate burglary, which brought down President Richard Nixon, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 90.

Liddy's family said in a statement that he died Tuesday morning at his daughter's home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. It did not give a cause of death. His son, James, said that the cause was not related to Covid-19, and that he had been dealing with Parkinson's disease.

Liddy was one of the organizers of the 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the office building with the name that would forever be linked to one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

The five burglars were caught. Money and other links would lead from the burglars to others, including Liddy, a former FBI agent, and to the White House.

Nixon resigned in 1974 in the face of an almost-certain impeachment and conviction.

Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in 1973 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Years later, he declared, "I'd do it again for my president."

President Jimmy Carter in 1977 commuted his sentence to eight years in what he said was the interest of fairness, which made Liddy eligible for parole that year.

Liddy remained unrepentant. In 1980, he published an autobiography, "Will," which was the basis for an NBC TV movie, and he also became a controversial talk radio figure as host of "The G. Gordon Liddy Show."

"I am proud of the fact that I am the guy who did not talk," Liddy once said.

Liddy and another man, E. Howard Hunt, kept in contact with the Watergate burglars via radio from a room in the adjacent Watergate hotel.

Twenty-five people went to prison as a result of the botched break-in, including Hunt. Hunt, a former CIA officer, died in 2007.

Nixon won re-election by a landslide in 1972, months after the break-in. But the scandal consumed his presidency, and in 1973, the Senate established a committee and televised hearings were held.

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