Interview with Fred Fielding
Fred Fielding briefly recounts his four years in the counsel's office of the Nixon White House, and offers detailed observations of his tenure as White House Counsel to President Reagan from January 1981 to March 1986. The interview begins with a discussion of Fielding's service in the Nixon White House and his personal accounts as a key observer in the Watergate scandal. He comments on his decision to join the Reagan administration, and his role in the transition process, particularly as the first transition effort effected by the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. Fielding describes his working relationships within the Counsel's Office and with other executive offices, including the Attorney General, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Solicitor General. The interview also includes discussion on key events of the Reagan presidency during Fielding's tenure and his role in these events, including the assassination attempt and the administration's efforts to maintain stability in the wake of this event, and the nomination of Sandra Day O'Connor to the United States Supreme Court.
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