'Nixons guilt was in trying to pervert the course of justice by persuading the FBI to drop its investigation of the crime. Mistake number one, then, was to involve the White House in covering up the errors of a separate, autonomous political department. Mistake number two was that when Congress discovered that evidence about the scandal might be recorded on the White House bugging system, Nixon invoked executive privilege to protect the tapes. In both cases, it was the cover up that destroyed Tricky Dick not the original crime. And, forty years later almost to the day, here we have Obama making the same mistake. ' The Fast and Furious scandal is turning into President Obama's Watergate – Telegraph Blogs Works for me. Whatever it takes to remove this asshole from office.