Watergate mastermind G. Gordon Liddy dies at age 90

2005 Fox News Sunday G. Gordon Liddy handout photo

G. Gordon Liddy said he never regrets the role he played in Watergate

G. Gordon Liddy, one of the masterminds of the Watergate robbery who became the host of the radio show after being released from prison, died at the age of 90.

His son, Thomas Liddy, confirmed the death of his father and only said it was not related to Covid-19, US media say.

Liddy did not apologize for being involved in a plan to report a bug to the Democratic headquarters in Watergate Building during the Republican 1972 reelection campaign.

The scandal led to the resignation of then-President Richard Nixon.

Born in George Gordon Liddy in New Jersey in 1930, he is said to have been a frail boy inspired by Adolf Hitler’s striking radio speech heard by German-American neighbors at the time.

“If the whole country changes and rises from weakness to extraordinary strength, so will one,” he wrote in his autobiography Will. Rodents.

After graduating from law school in the Army, Liddy joined the FBI and eventually moved to the White House to support Richard Nixon’s reelection campaign.

Former White House aide G. Gordon Liddy was filmed by a journalist leaving the US District Court. There he pleaded not guilty to invading the Democratic National Convention at the Watergate Hotel.

G. Gordon Liddy was the only Watergate defendant to plead not guilty

Some of the extreme ideas he and his former CIA officer colleague Howard Hunt came up with were never successful, from plans to kill Nixon critics to kidnapping anti-war protesters, but all over the Democratic Party. Their planning office, which plagues the committee, did.

But failed robbery, concealment, and subsequent investigations have snowballed into one of America’s largest political scandals.

Liddy, Hunt and five others were arrested and charged with conspiracy, robbery and illegal wiretapping. Only Liddy refused to cooperate with the prosecution. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and sentenced to nearly five years before being commuted by Democratic President Jimmy Carter in 1977.

A few years later, Liddy said, “I want to do it again for the president.” He drove Rolls-Royce on the license plate H20 GATE.

After being released from prison, he set up a security company, wrote best-selling books, and hosted a popular and provocative conservative talk show.