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IRS Commissioner

``I want to be sure he is a ruthless son of a bitch, that he will do what he's told, that every income-tax return I want to see I see, that he will go after our enemies and not our friends. Now, it's as simple as that. If he isn't, he doesn't get the job."

Richard Nixon, in May 1971 tapes released this year, describing his criteria for a new IRS commissioner

(as reported in Newsweek, Dec. 29, 1997/Jan. 5, 1998 p. 96)

Richard Nixon graduated the Duke Law School third in his class of 1937, and was president of the Duke Bar Association in 1936/37. Source.

Duke declined to house the Nixon Presidential Library. In 1974, after the Watergate scandal, a group of students removed a portrait of Nixon given to it by the class of 1969 off the wall and hid it in the ceiling tiles of an elevator. After recovering the portrait, the University placed it in a vault for safekeeping. The issue was resurrected by a faculty member who had heard about the portrait and questioned the dean's office about possibly rehanging it. In 1998, the Law School debated whether to hang the portrait, then unveiled it for the first time since 1974. Source.

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