April 9, 2012 - Tim Weiner

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Passover goes toe-to-toe with Easter, NBC faces backlash for its editing of George Zimmerman's 911 call, and Tim Weiner discusses his book, "Enemies: A History of the FBI."

READY TO GO

>> Jon: WELCOME TO THE DAILY SHOW.

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A GOOD SHOW FOR YOU TONIGHT.

TIM WEINER, AUTHOR OF A NEW BOOK ON THE F.B.I..

HE'LL BE HERE.

APPARENTLY EVEN WATCHING IT WILL GET YOU AN F.B.I. FILE SO I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT WITH THE WEEKEND'S FESTIVITIES.

A BIG WEEKEND FOR WHAT WE CALL JUDEO CHRISTIANS.

TWO MAJOR RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS AT THE SAME TIME.

PRESIDENT OBAMA CELEBRATED BOTH OF THEM IN WHAT I BELIEVE IS AN ATTEMPT TO CONVINCE

PEOPLE HE ISN'T MUSLIM.

NICE TRY.

NICE TRY.

YESTERDAY, OF COURSE, WAS EASTER.

WHICH ALONG GOOD FRIDAY COMMEMORATES THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF CHRIST.

WHEN MORNING THE WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATED IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY SCRIPTURE.

>> IN JUST ABOUT A HALF HOUR THEY'RE GOING TO START THE 134th ANNUAL WHITE HOUSE

EASTER EGG ROLL.

THESE ARE SOME OF OUR FRIENDS HERE.

THE POWER RANGERS OUT AND THE CHIPMUNKS.

THE PENGUINS WUBS WUBS.

>> THE CAT IN THE HAT HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET ON CAMERA.

>> HERE ARE THE EGGS.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: GREAT HOLIDAY FOR PEOPLE WHO GAVE UP LSD FOR LENT.

YOU SEE ALL THEM, TOO, RIGHT?

ACTUALLY THIS SCENE IS TRUE TO BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP.

I REMEMBER THESE CHARACTERS FROM THE LAST SUPPER.

IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, THAT WAS...

ONE OF YOU WILL BETRAY ME.

ALVIN!

SO, THE WHITE HOUSE PULLS OUT ALL THE STOPS FOR EASTER.

PASSOVER IS THE SAME WEEKEND.

>> I'D LIKE TO WISH A HAPPY HOLIDAY TO ALL THOSE CELEBRATING PASSOVER LED BY

JEWISH MEMBERS OF MY STAFF WE'LL RETELL THE STORY OF THE EXODUS, LISTEN TO OUR YOUNGEST

GUESTS ASK THE FOUR QUESTIONS AND OF COURSE LOOK FORWARD TO A GOOD BOWL.

MATS OWE BALL SOUP.

>> Jon: THAT'S IT?

THAT'S WHAT JEWS GET?

YOU GET A HUGE SHIN DIG ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN WITH EASTER FOR EVERY CHILDREN'S CHARACTER

THAT HAS EVER BEEN INVENTED INCLUDING THIS GUY?

WHO THE (BEEP) IS THIS GUY?

CAPTAIN PLANET?

OH, WHAT'S HIS SUPER... HE'S CAPTAIN PLANET.

HEY, KIDS.

MY SELLING POINT FOR MY PEOPLE IS WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOUP.

IT'S THE AVENGERS VERSUS THE JEWISH MEMBERS OF MY STAFF.

HEY, KIDS, WHO WANTS TO MEET DEBER WASSERMAN SHULTZ?

WHERE IS EVERYBODY GOING?

LOOK, AND I GUESS IT.

I DON'T WANT TO SAY SEDERS ARE BORING.

BUT THIS ISN'T A PHOTO WE'RE SHOWING.

IT'S VIDEO.

ALLOW ME TO GET PERSONAL FOR JUST A MOMENT.

AS A FATHER OF MIXED-FAITH CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPOSED TO BOTH CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH

HOLIDAYS, I CAN'T HELP BUT FEEL THAT WE JEWS ARE GETTING OUR ASSES KICKED OUT HERE.

IN FACT, YOU KNOW WHAT, JEWS?

CAMERA 3.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

WE'VE ALREADY CONCEDED DEFEAT IN THE CHRISTMAS VERSUS HANUKKAH KURFUFFLE, SEEING

THAT THE RISIANS ARE CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF THEIR SAVIOR AND HANUKKAH IS

ACKNOWLEDGING OIL LASTING LONGER THAN IT WOULD NORMALLY LAST.

AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU,

TRUTH BE TOLD, THERE IS REALLY NO GAUGE.

HOW MUCH OIL WAS IN THERE?

IT COULD HAVE BEEN EIGHT DAYS WORTH OF OIL.

IT COULD HAVE A VERY REASONABLE AMOUNT OF OIL.

THAT'S NOT THE POINT.

THE POINT IS THIS.

THERE'S NO CONTEST THERE.

HANUKKAH, CHRISTMAS.

NO CONTEST.

WE CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE THIS ONE TOO.

THE KEY IS THE CHILDREN,

PEOPLE.

THAT'S WHAT CRISTIANS HAVE FIGURED OUT.

YOU GET THE CHILDREN, YOU WIN.

LET'S CHECK OUT BOTH SIDES' HOLIDAY PITCH.

KIDS, EASTER WEEKEND IS AN OBSERVATION OF CHRIST'S CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION.

SO, BOOM!

A BASKET WITH CANDY.

WE HAVE CHOCOLATE BUNNIES.

WE GOT CANDY EGGS.

WE GOT CHOCOLATE BUNNIES AND CANDY EGGS.

HOW ARE CHRISTIANS THE ONE WHO CAME UP WITH PLASTIC GRASS BY THE WAY?

WE'RE THE ONES WITH HAY FEVER.

ALL RIGHT.

IT'S COOL.

IT'S COOL.

JEWS, WHAT HAVE WE GOT?

WE'RE CELEBRATING OUR FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY.

SO, BOOM!

LET MY PEOPLE NOD.

WE COULD HAVE GONE WITH A FREEDOM THEME FESTIVAL.

INSTEAD WE CHOSE TO FOCUS ON THE SLAVERY PART OF THE DINNER.

HEY, FIVE-YEAR-OLDS, BASKET FILLED WITH CANDY AND JELLY BEANS OR HORSE RADISH STILL IN ROOT FORM?

WOULD YOU LIKE THE TREATS OF MAGICAL BUNNY BROUGHT YOU OR A BONE FROM A DEAD BABY LAMB?

DON'T WORRY.

WE USED ITS BLOOD TO MARK THE DOOR.

WHICH EGG AM I GOING TO GO FOR,

THE ONE FILLED WITH CHOCOLATE OR THE ONE FILLED WITH EGG?

BECAUSE IT'S AN ACTUAL (BEEP) EGG.

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT SLAVES ATE.

TASTE IT.

OH, WAIT.

BEFORE YOU EAT IT, MAKE SURE YOU DIP IT IN SALT WATER.

IT REPRESENTS THE TEARS OF YOUR ANCESTORS.

OH, GOOD.

I SEE YOU'RE MAKING MORE.

WE GOT TO TAKE IT UP A NOTCH.

THEY'RE CRUSHING US.

I'M NOT SAYING WE LOSE OUR TRADITIONS.

WE HAVE TO ADAPT IT WITH A SLIGHT NOD TOWARDS RECRUITMENT.

I'M NOT SAYING WE HAVE TO GO JEHOVAH'S WITNESS ON THIS THING.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH BRINGING A LITTLE JAZZ?

WE HAVE A GREAT STORY HERE.

MOSES PARTING THE RED SEA.

HOW HAVE WE NOT TURNED THAT INTO A WATER PARK?

WAIT.

I'LL SEE YOU OVER AT THE RED SEA RIDE WHEN I'M DONE BUILDING ICE CREAM PYRAMIDS.

WE'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING.

DID YOU SEE IN THE CRISTIANS BOOK THIS YEAR WHO THEIR SPECIAL GUESTS ARE.

>> ON THIS EASTER SUNDAY A FAMILIAR FACE HELPING TO DELIVER THE SUNDAY SERMON.

QUARTERBACK TIM TEBOW.

>> Jon: THEY'VE GOT TEBOW.

TIM TEBOW, SUPER STAR NFL QUARTERBACK HELPING THEM CELEBRATE EASTER.

HE'S DRAWING LIKE 20,000 PEOPLE.

WHO DO WE HAVE?

THE SAME GUEST EVERY YEAR,

ELIJAH.

HE CAN'T EVEN BE FOUND.

OBVIOUSLY IT WOULD BE GREAT IF WE ALSO COULD GET A SUPER STAR JEWISH QUARTERBACK TO DELIVER

THE PASSOVER STORY BUT MY GUESS IS A SUPER STAR JEWISH QUARTERBACK IS AROUND THE SAME

LIKELIHOOD AS ELIJAH SHOWING UP.

LET'S AT LEAST COMPETE WITH THE MAKE BELIEVE EASTER BUNNY.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU PASSOVER PETE, THE GUITAR- PLAYING PIZZA EATING LION.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) WHAT'S UP, PETE?

HEY, KIDS, HEY, KIDS, HAVE YOUR PASSOVER PIZZA.

NOW I KNOW TECHNICALLY YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT PIZZA DURING PASSOVER.

TECHNICALLY LIONS DON'T PLAY GUITARS AND QUITE FRANKLY BUNNIES DON'T DELIVER EGGS.

LET'S JUST SAY THAT WHEN THE KIDS TURN 13 WE'LL TELL THEM THE REAL STORY.

SO, JEWS, WE'VE GOT TO STEP IT UP A BIT.

IF YOU'LL EXCUSE ME, I'LL BE PLAYING THE LATEST TITLE IN MY HOT NEW JEWISH VIDEO GAME

PASSOVER LINE, RED SEA REDEMPTION, THE WANDERING.

IT'S A FIRST-PERSON EXODUSER,

WHERE KIDS CAN EXPERIENCE ALL THE EXCITEMENT OF BEING LOST IN THE DESERT FOR 40 YEARS.

>> ASK FOR DIRECTIONS.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING AGAIN?

>> Jon: ONLY 38 MORE YEARS TO GO.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

I WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT OUTRAGE.

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT OUTRAGE.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD COMMENTS PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE LAST WEEK ABOUT WHETHER THE SUPREME

COURT WOULD OVERTURN HIS HEALTH CARE LAW.

>> IT IS AN UNPRECEDENTED STAND OFF, THE PRESIDENT VERSUS THE JUDICIAL BRANCH.

>> IT IS PREPOSTEROUS, AND EVEN A LITTLE SCARY TO HEAR SUCH ABJECT IGNORANCE FROM A

SUPPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL SCHOLAR.

>> I WOULD RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST THAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO BACK OFF.

>> Jon: I WOULD TELL HIM, I WOULD SAY... I WOULD SAY TO THE (MUMBLING).

WOULD SAY, ZIP YOUR LIP.

I WOULD SAY THAT.

I REALLY WOULD TELL THEM THAT.

I REALLY WOULD.

I REALLY WOULD TELL HIM THAT.

JUST SO YOU KNOW WE DON'T FORGET THAT BEFORE THE NICKERS GOT ALL TWISTED UP ABOUT THE

SANTITY OF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS.

SOMEONE SPENT A LOT OF A YEAR (BEEP) ON IT.

>> YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT LIBERAL ACTIVISTS JUDGES.

>> WE BELIEVE THE ROLE OF JUDGES IS TO SAY WHAT THE LAW IS NOT WHAT THEY THINK IT

OUGHT TO BE.

>> IF ONE JUDGE, AN ACTIVIST JUDGE CAN OVERTURN AN ELECTION INVOLVING SEVEN MILLION VOTES,

THEN ELECTIONS DON'T MATTER.

>> Jon: THAT WOULD BE TERRIBLE OR AMAZING DEPENDING ON THE ELECTION.

EVEN WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS THAT DOES GIVE THE RIGHT SOME HIGH GROUND THEY DON'T KEEP IT

FOR LONG.

CASE IN POINT.

>> NBC TODAY SHOW ENGAGED IN SELECTIVE EDITING AND CLAIMED THE INFAMOUS 911 CALL FROM

POLICE TO GEORGE ZIMMERMAN AS HE WAS TRAILING THE TEENAGER.

>> THIS GUY LOOKS LIKE HE'S UP TO NO GOOD.

HE LOOKS BLACK.

>> DID YOU SEE WHAT HE WAS WEARING?

>> YEAH, A DARK HOODIE.

>> THEY FORGOT THE DISPATCHERS' QUESTIONS.

>> THIS GUY LOOKS LIKE HE'S UP TO NO GOOD OR ON DRUGS OR SOMETHING.

HE'S JUST WALKING AROUND LOOKING ABOUT.

>> OKAY.

THIS GUY, IS HE WHITE, BLACK OR HISPANIC?

>> Jon: WHAT THE HELL.

NBC YOU CUT OUT THE 911 DISPATCHERS' QUESTION.

HE WAS ANSWERING A MULTIPLE COURT QUESTION.

YOU MAKE IT SOUND LIKE HE WAS... YOUR EDIT CHANGES EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT.

THE SHOW ABOUT REALLY SMART PEOPLE NOT IF YOU EDIT OUT ALEX TREBEK'S ANSWERS.

>> WHAT IS A SALARIUM?

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT A SALARIUM IS?

YOU'RE AN ADULT.

>> WHAT IS A CUL-DE-SAC.

>> Reporter: ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

A DEAD END STREET WITH A LITTLE LOOP DE LOOP.

>> WHAT'S THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

>> Jon: IT'S A SCHOOL IN TEXAS.

SEE?

NOW I THINK JEOPARDY CONTESTANTS ARE JUST MORE ONS.

JUST LIKE PEOPLE WHO WATCH THE TODAY SHOW WHO THINK THAT GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS A BIG RACIST.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF.

>> A REPORT SAYS AN INVESTIGATION FOUND THE DECISION WAS A BAD MISTAKE BUT

NOT A DELIBERATE ONE.

>> Jon: I SUPPOSE YOU JUST HIT THE "REMOVE CONTEXT" BUTTON.

YOU SCREWED UP.

AND SURPRISE, FOX FINALLY HAD SOMETHING TO BE OUTRAGED ABOUT IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE.

>> HOW COULD NBC DO THIS IN GOOD CONSCIENCE?

>> IT'S PRETTY APPALLING.

>> ANYONE WATCHING THAT BELIEVED A RACIAL OVERTONES TO WHAT THIS MAN DID.

>> I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE DEFINITELY CORRECTED THE MISTAKE ON THE AIR IF THEY

HAVEN'T DONE SO.

>> SO MANY REPORTERS DREW CONCLUSIONS ABOUT GEORGE ZIMMERMAN BASED ON WHAT THEY HEARD.

>> Jon: NOW YOU JUST BLEW IT.

IF THERE'S ONE PERSON WHO IS A EXPERT ON A JOURNALIST DOCTORING HER FACTS.

STORY AFTER STORY ON IRAQ'S PRESS ABOUT WMDS.

IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE WE INVADED IRAQ.

ALL RIGHT.

COME ON, GUYS.

FOX HAD THE MORAL HIGH GROUND.

WHY NOT QUIT WHILE YOU'RE AHEAD.

>> ANOTHER ISSUE IS THE FACT THAT THIS WAS NBC WHICH DID THIS.

MS-NBC HAS BEEN REALLY A KIND OF PROMOTER OF THE TRAYVON AS VICTIM THEME AND PEOPLE.

>> Jon: WE PROMOTE THE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED THEME.

AND PEOPLE.

TRAYVON IS VICTIM PEOPLE.

IN LAW ENFORCEMENT THE PARTY RECEIVING THE BULLET IS TYPICALLY KNOWN AS THE VICTIM.

YOU WANT A PEOPLE THOUGH?

THIS WOULD BE MORE OF A PEOPLE ON THAT.

WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IS THIS.

NBC'S EDITED TAPE ASSIGNED A MOTIVE TO GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.

IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN THERE AT ALL.

THAT WAS WRONG.

WE DON'T KNOW WHY ZIMMERMAN DID WHAT HE DID.

THEY NEVER SHOULD HAVE PUT THAT TAPE OUT THERE.

JUST LIKE WE DON'T KNOW WHY THE NBC WHO GOT FIRED DID WHAT HE OR SHE DID.

>> THEY DOCTORED A TAPE SO THEY COULD ADVANCE THE NARRATIVE THAT ZIMMERMAN

KILLED TRAYVON MARTIN BECAUSE IT WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED.

THIS WAS DELIBERATELY DONE.

>> SEAN, THIS ISN'T DISTORTION.

THIS ISN'T BIAS.

THIS ISN'T DISTORTION.

THIS IS AN ALL-OUT FALSEHOOD BY NBC NEWS.

>> THIS IS A MEDIA LYNCH MOB.

>> Jon: TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT PULITZER PRIZE WINNING REPORTER, THE BOOK IS CALLED ENEMIES: A

HISTORY OF THE F.B.I..

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM TIM WEINER.

SIR.

( APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

THE BOOK IS CALLED ENEMIES.

A HISTORY OF THE F.B.I..

DID YOU LEAVE ROOM IN THE EPILOGUE FOR YOUR NAME TO BE ADDED?

WERE YOU NERVOUS AT ALL TO TAKE ON A BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SUCH A CLEARLY

SECRETIVE ORGANIZATION THAT DID NOT NECESSARILY WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE.

>> NOT AFTER WRITING THE HISTORY OF THE C.I.A..

>> Jon: I BELIEVE YOUR NEXT BOOK IS THE PENTAGON, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> IT'S A TRIFECTA.

>> Jon: YOU REALLY HAVE.

ENJOY YOUR TIME IN BOLIVIA.

I WAS ALWAYS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THE HISTORY OF THE F.B.I. WAS THAT WHEN HOOVER

DIED, THEY DESTROYED ALL OF HIS SECRET FILES, THAT HE HAD A REGULAR FILE AND THEN A SECRET FILE.

THAT IS NOT THE CASE APPARENTLY.

>> THERE'S ONE SET OF FILES,

OFFICIAL AND CONFIDENTIAL.

HIS SECRETARY GOT FROM A TO C BEFORE NIXON'S HENCHMEN GOT IN THERE AND SAID STOP.

THERE'S ANOTHER SET OF FILES ON SECRET INTELLIGENCE, SPIES,

SABOTEURS, TRAITORS,

SUBVERSIVES.

>> Jon: THESE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING, THAT'S WHERE HIS

STUFF WOULD HAVE BEEN, THE WEATHERMAN.

>> THE ONES I GOT NOBODY HAD SEEN BEFORE.

THEY ARE THE ORDERS THAT WENT UP TO HIM.

HE PUT HIS HANDWRITING ON EVERY ONE OF THEM AND SENT THEM BACK DOWN.

27 YEARS OF HOOVER THINKING OUTLOUD ON PAPER.

>> Jon: SO THE PICTURE THAT YOU GOT OF HOOVER FROM THESE LITTLE, I WOULDN'T SAY

DOODLES-- WERE THERE DOODLES?

>> THERE WERE ANGRY WORDS OR FUNNY WORDS OR SARCASTIC WORDS BUT MOSTLY IT WAS HOW ARE WE

GOING TO CRUSH THE ENEMIES OF THE STATE.

>> Jon: REALLY?

HE NEVER DREW LIKE THIS IS SNOOPY.

NOTHING LIKE THAT.

NEVER DREW ON IT OR ANYTHING?

WHEN YOU READ IT, DO YOU LOOK AT THE F.B.I. THEN AS PURELY THE ARM OF ONE MAN?

IS IT... WAS IT SUCH A PERSONALITY?

AND SINCE HIS DEATH, HAS THAT TRANSFORMED THE ORGANIZATION?

>> IT WAS ONE MAN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

PRESIDENTS USED HOOVER TO GET SECRET INFORMATION.

INFORMATION IS POWER.

SECRET INFORMATION IS POWER SQUARED.

IF HOOVER COULD GET INSIDE DOPE THAT ONLY HE COULD DELIVER TO THE PRESIDENT, NOW YOU HAVE POWER.

>> Jon: YOU LOST ME A LITTLE BIT WITH THE MATH BUT YOU GOT ME BACK AGAIN WITH THIS.

SO AGAIN, THE POPULAR MYTH IS HOOVER MANIPULATED PRESIDENTS.

NOT SO?

>> PERFECT EXAMPLE.

IT'S 1964.

HOOVER IS TRYING TO DESTROY MARTIN LUTHER KING.

LBJ WANTS TO BE ELECTEDED.

HE WANTS TO WIN THE SOUTH.

HE TELLS HOOVER-- THIS IS ALL ON TAPE BECAUSE LBJ IS TAPING HOOVER.

>> Jon: LBJ IS TAPING HOOVER?

>> HE TELLS HIM I WANT YOU TO DESTROY THE KU KLUX KLAN.

>> Reporter: SAYS THAT TO HOOVER.

>> IN THREE YEARS THEY WERE BROKEN LIKE A DRIED TWIG.

>> Reporter: THAT WAS ALL HOOVER.

IS HOOVER RECORDING LBJ?

BECAUSE THE WHOLE THING WAS DIDN'T HOOVER HAVE TAPES OF JOHN F. KENNEDY HAVING SEX

WITH PEOPLE.

WASN'T IT SECRET BEDROOM TAPES AND HE USED THEM AGAINST THESE PEOPLE TO STAY IN HIS SNOGS.

>> BY THE TIME HE GOT UP INTO HIS 70s, THE PRESIDENTS STARTED TAPING HIP.

LBJ AND NIXON STARRED TAPING HIM.

HAD THEIR OWN RECORD.

>> Reporter: NIXON WAS LIKE YOU THINK YOU'RE A PARANOID FREAK.

NO, NO, NO, MY FRIEND.

I WILL SHOW YOU ABUSE OF POWER.

>> RIGHT.

AND HOOVER FINALLY SAID NO.

TO A PRESIDENT WHEN NIXON TOLD HIM TO START... OF THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND AND OTHER LEFTISTS,

HOOVER WOULDN'T DO IT.

WHAT DOES NIXON DO?

HE SETS UP THE PLUMBERS.

>> Jon: WOW.

>> HOOVER DIES.

SIX WEEKS LATER THEY BREAK INTO THE WATERGATE HOTEL.

GAME OVER.

>> Reporter: HE WAS WAITING FOR HOOVER TO DIE TO GET PERMISSION TO GO INTO THE

WATERGATE HOTEL.

THAT'S UNBELIEVABLE.

AND THEN IT COMES BACK AROUND SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE, THE F.B.I. DIRECTOR, WHO ELSE WAS

NIXON... PART OF NIXON'S SATURDAY MASSACRE.

>> TWO ATTORNEYS GENERAL.

>> Jon: AND LETS EVERYBODY GO.

THAT'S THE END OF NIXON.

>> THAT IS THE END OF NIXON.

WE ALMOST HAD THE SAME THING HAPPEN SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS AGO.

BUSH AND MUELLER.

>> Jon: THAT'S RIGHT.

THIS IS ABOUT THE DATA COLLECTING.

>> THAT'S THE SECRET ELECTRONIC EAVESDROPPING PROGRAM THAT BUSH INTO PLACE

AFTER 9/11 WHERE THE N.S.A.IS READING YOUR EMAIL AND EVERYBODY ELSE'S EMAIL IN THE WORLD.

FEEDING IT TO THE F.B.I..

MUELLER IS THE HEAD OF THE F.B.I. GOES TO BUSH AND SAYS,

MR. PRESIDENT, IT'S TOO MUCH.

IT'S ILLEGAL.

IT'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

UNLESS YOU TAKE IT BACK I QUIT.

>> Reporter: ASHCROFT SAID HE WOULD QUIT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

THE NEXT DAY'S HEADLINE.

F.B.I. DIRECTOR QUITS.

WON'T SAY WHY.

WHAT'S THE NEXT QUESTION?

WHAT THE HELL IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DOING THAT IS TOO SECRET FOR THE

F.B.I. DIRECTOR TO TALK ABOUT SNN NO, THE NEXT QUESTION WOULD BE, WHO YOU THINK HE'S BANGING?

THE FIRST THING WOULD BE LIKE F.B.I. STEPS DOWN.

THEY MUST HAVE FOUND SOMETHING OUT ON HIM.

>> THAT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT THING.

>> Jon: DO YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES?

I WANT TO TALK VERY BRIEFLY ABOUT THAT.

WE HAVE TO GO TO COMMERCIAL ON THIS.

ENEMIES IS ON THE BOOK SHELF NOW.

ENEMIES A HISTORY OF THE F.B.I..

TIM WEINER.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

WE'LL THROW IT UP ON THE WEBB.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: THAT'S OUR SHOW.

JOIN US TOMORROW NIGHT AT 11:00.

HERE IT IS YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN.

>> I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

THEY MUST BE ASHAMED OF SOMETHING.

WHAT IS THIS?

>> THIS IS "60 MINUTES."

>> WOW.

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