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Miller Center highlights Malek clip from Nixon tapes

Rosalind Helderman

Want to hear something pretty creepy? Take a listen to President Richard M. Nixon discussing with Chief of Staff H.R. "Bob" Haldeman his desire that then-aide Fred Malek "particularly check the Jews throughout the administration."

The 1971 Oval Office tape, in which Nixon and Haldeman discuss that, when it comes to the Jews, "you can't trust the bastards," isn't new. David Coleman, who works with the presidential recordings program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, said archivists there uncovered the tape some time ago. But the center reposted and highlighted the clip today, since Malek's name has been so much in the news recently.

That's partly because Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) named him to head his government reform commission in Virginia. McDonnell has said he was unaware of Malek's dealings with Nixon, for which Malek has repeatedly apologized. The commission will hold its first meeting, with Malek at the head of the table, tomorrow.

Malek is also in the news now because he serves as an adviser to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and because he chairs the American Action Network, which plans to spend millions to support Republicans in congressional races this year.

For all those reasons, Democrats nationally and in Virginia have been eagerly forwarding the Miller Center's highlighted clip, as well as a story from this morning's Post that used newly released Nixon-era memos to show how deeply involved Malek was with tracking Jews in the Bureau of Labor Statistics in that era.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 3, 2010; 2:16 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Fred Malek, nixon  
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That tape/transcript is completely disgusting.

Posted by: FederalGraphics | June 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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