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Grant Woods: Arizona's personal connection to watergate

Posted at 10:04 AM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-05 12:04:40-05

PHOENIX — Grant Woods spent most of the 1990s serving as Attorney General for Arizona, but college life was anything but ordinary.

In 1974, during the Watergate era, Woods was an intern for House Minority Leader John Rhodes, a Republican from Arizona.

When the Nixon tapes came out, Woods was sent to grab copies of the landmark US Supreme Court ruling, leading to the resignation of President Nixon.

Nervously holding as many copies as he could carry, Woods had one for each of the nation's top leaders.

ABC15's Kaley O'Kelley asked Woods, "Did you peek?"

Woods said, "Yeah, I did. Of course. I saw. I looked real fast to see it was 8-0."

The nation's highest court ruled unanimously that tape recordings and other subpoenaed materials would go public.

All of this, just an hour before that decision was set to be released to the press.