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Outside of the break- in to the Democratic Headquarters itself as an overt act intrinsic to the scandal, I would say that one of the most important overt acts would be the commissioning of the break- in from inside the White House. The fact that the burglars were acting on the advice of Mitchell, who was heading up the President's Re-Election Campaign, helps to make clear that there was a direct and overt connection between operatives in the White House to the break- in itself. This is overt in that the connection was not something that needed to be manipulated and explained. It was evident that there was overt and clear linking between the White House and the burglars. They were not acting independent of the Executive Branch. Rather, they were acting as an extension of it. I think that this is overt in nature. The actions of the White House authorizing, encouraging, and perhaps even devising the break- in has to be seen as an overt act. It was consistent with the Nixon belief that politics was war and opponents were adversaries that had to be dealt with in the harshest of terms. In this, an overt act that authorized or approved the break- in has to be recognized.
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