As I suspected, it turns out that Fred Thompson was a White House mole on the Senate Watergate Committee staff. It also turns out that his much-touted role in “revealing” the existence of the White House taping system consisted entirely of asking a canned question in public about a practice the committee had already learned about from interviewing another witness.
Note that Thompson has mastered the art of the non-response response. Asked why he was an accessory to the White House’s stonewalling efforts, his only reply was: “I’m glad all of this has finally caused someone to read my Watergate book, even though it’s taken them over thirty years.”
I’ll bet you anything you like that this story, which says something truly horrible about Thompson’s character, won’t get nearly the attention lavished on John Edwards’s haircut.