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Herman Talmadge teaches John Ehrlichman a lesson on law

Appearing before the Senate Watergate committee, John Ehrlichman, President Richard Nixon's Domestic Affairs Advisor, is question by Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge about the break-in at Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist. "Do you remember studying in law school the principle that no matter how humble a man's cottage is, that even the king of England cannot enter without his consent."

"I am afraid that has been considerably eroded over the years, has it not?" Ehrlichman replied.

"Down in my country," replied Talmadge in his slow, Southern drawl, "we still think it is a pretty legitimate principle of law."

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