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John Ehrlichman

President Nixon's assistant for domestic affairs, John D. Ehrlichman, was known of his fierce loyalty and combative style. He helped formulate Nixon's domestic political agenda which included a plan for a guaranteed annual income to fight poverty and wage and price controls to limit inflation. At the same time, he directed the White House "plumbers," who, with the purported mission of preventing leaks to unfriendly reporters, used illegal methods to discredit Nixon's political foes. He directed burglars to break into the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, the defense analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press. He encouraged FBI Director L. Patrick Gray to destroy documents taken from Howard Hunt's White House safe that outlined plans to sabotage the Democrats. Amid revelations of the cover-up, Nixon forced Ehrlichman to resign along with White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman on April 30, 1973. He was convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice and perjury in the Watergate case and of conspiracy in the Ellsberg case. He served 18 months in prison. After his release, Ehrlichman wrote novels and a memoir, "Witness to Power: The Nixon Years." He moved to Atlanta in 1991 and became a business consultant.

Ehrlichman died at his home in Atlanta on Feb. 14, 1999, of complications from diabetes at the age of 73.
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