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All the President's Men Scene 17

Scene 17

Scene 17

  • Next stop: the Sloan residence.
  • Sloan, played by a young Seventh Heaven dad, lets them in.
  • He says he believes in Richard Nixon, and that Nixon didn't know anything about the Watergate break-in.
  • However, he says that the White House never encouraged them to come forward with the truth.
  • The silence itself is a cover-up, in Bernstein's opinion.
  • Sloan says that Colson wasn't involved, but he won't confirm who is.
  • Woodward asks Sloan how it worked when he handed out the money.
  • "Badly."
  • Sloan elaborates, and says John Mitchell would order him to hand out the money, and that's how it worked.
  • They fill in the executives back at the Post.
  • Bradlee isn't happy. "Goddammit, when is somebody gonna go on the record in this story?!" People are more tight-lipped about this than they are with Star Wars spoilers.