G. Gordon Liddy
G. Gordon Liddy (born George Gordon Battle Liddy on November 30, 1930) was an FBI agent-turned-lawyer who carried out the Watergate hotel break-in masterminded by John Dean which led to a scandal toppling Richard Nixon. He was imprisoned after Watergate in 1973 following his conviction for conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping.
Liddy headed the Plumbers unit of outside contractors to fix leaks, which was funded by campaign donations. John Dean, without consulting Nixon, ordered the break in to see if the DNC was in unauthorized possession of leaked or stolen classified government documents at the time. Liddy was arrested along with several others.
When Nixon learned of the break-in and arrests, rather than cleaning house of anyone connected with the Plumbers, Nixon was loyal to subordinates and approved paying the Plumbers legal expenses and supporting their families with campaign donations while in jail. Dean turned states evidence and ratted out the payments, implying that the President was submitting to blackmail. Although some of these practices were legal and common prior to Nixon, the Watergate scandal led to several government reform measures, including FISA, Campaign finance reporting, and FOIA.
After his 1977 release, Liddy became a conservative radio host with his syndicated G. Gordon Liddy Show, starting in 1992 and continuing until 2012.
Liddy has also acted and written books. He appeared on the 1980s drama shows Airwolf, Miami Vice and MacGyver, and his autobiography Will was a New York Times best seller. He also authored two works of fiction: Out of Control and The Monkey Handlers. Neither novel sold well, leading some wags to refer to the first as "Out of Print". Liddy has appeared several times as a guest panelist on Fox News Channel.