Geoff Shepard holds degrees from Whittier College and Harvard Law School. He was selected a White House Fellow in 1969 and assigned to the Treasury Department, where he worked under Paul Volcker, then undersecretary for monetary affairs. Geoff also worked on President Nixon’s Watergate defense team, where he was principal deputy to the President’s lead lawyer, J. Fred Buzhardt.
Geoff’s first book, The Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President, was published by Penguin Sentinel in 2008 and focuses on the political intrigue behind the successful exploitation of the Watergate scandal by Kennedy administration loyalists. His second book, The Real Watergate Scandal, Collusion, Conspiracy and the Plot that Brought Nixon Down, was published by Regnery History in 2015.
While Geoff continues to write and lecture about Watergate, his website is being re-designed as a research tool for use by others interested in learning more about what was then the greatest political scandal in our nation’s history.
The Real Watergate Scandal
“The system worked,” Carl Bernstein’s famous assessment of Watergate, turns out to be completely wrong. Powerful new evidence reveals that in the most consequential scandal in American history, virtually nothing worked as intended. The real Watergate scandal is how our Constitution and Bill of Rights were deliberately trashed in the successful effort to realign political power, drive President Nixon from office, and imprison his senior aides.
The Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President
The author’s first Watergate book, The Secret Plot to Make Ted Kennedy President, was published by Penguin Sentinel in 2008. It explores the political forces behind the successful exploitation of the Watergate scandal to realign political power following Nixon’s landslide 1972 re-election.
Trial on the Potomac: The Impeachment of President Nixon
Geoff is working with playwright George Bugatti on a stage play that will speculate about what might have happened if, instead of announcing his resignation in his nationwide address of August 8, 1974, President Nixon had chosen to stand trial in the Senate. We already know how such a trial might be conducted from the Clinton experience, so the only real change in our fictionalized account is that all of the judicial and prosecutorial abuse uncovered by Shepard over the past four decades would come out at during the trial. As such, the play asks the question: if everything we know now had been known then, could Nixon’s opponents have mustered the necessary 2/3rds vote to remove him from office? This is an ongoing project, so stay tuned for more details.
Geoff Shepard Lectures at Temple University
Geoff taught a course this past spring at Temple University, called “Watergate Revisited: An Insider’s View”, which consists of twelve one-hour lectures, each followed by thirty minutes of Q&A. The entire 18 hours of material was videotaped, but has not yet been released. Here is a brief video done by one of the students on the last day of class. In addition, C-SPAN re-broadcast two of the lectures on its American History channel:
Geoff’s Report on the Relationship Between Special Prosecutors and Congress is Featured in...
Geoff’s piece titled “The Unholy Alliance Between Special Prosecutors and Congress” was featured in the special report section of The American Spectator. Here’s an excerpt: “In the same vein, grand […]Read More
Geoff Shepard’s Analysis of Special Prosecution Teams Featured in The American Spectator
Geoff’s piece titled “The Disturbing Origins of Special Prosecution Teams” was featured in the special report section of The American Spectator. Here’s an excerpt: “Whether you believe Hoffa deserved such […]Read More
Geoff Writes Comparison Piece in American Spectator
Geoff’s piece titled “John Dean: The James Comey of Watergate” was featured in the special report section of The American Spectator. Here’s an excerpt: “Both Comey and Dean were political […]Read More