"Hang  In  There"  Cards

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"Damned  Lies"

“Damned Lies”

Vice President Spiro Agnew described the bribery and extortion allegations against him as "damned lies" as he launched an aggressive counter-offensive against individuals in his own Justice Department.

Source: Beall Collection / Lewis J. Ort Library, Frostburg State University
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Agnew  Strikes  Back

Agnew Strikes Back

An internal planning memo from Vice President Spiro Agnew's office laying out details for his upcoming speech in Los Angeles to the National Federation of Republican Women. VP Agnew would use that speech to launch an assault on his own Justice Department, which he described as "malicious" and "unprofessional."

Source: Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
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Agnew Alleges "Perversion of Justice"

Agnew Alleges “Perversion of Justice”

In a letter to Attorney General Elliot Richardson, Vice President Agnew accused members of his own Justice Department of intentionally leaking details about the investigation into him. Agnew asked AG Richardson to look into what he claimed was a "gross perversion of justice."

Source: Elliot L. Richardson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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Agnew Alleges "Perversion of Justice"

Agnew Alleges “Perversion of Justice”

In a letter to Attorney General Elliot Richardson, Vice President Agnew accused members of his own Justice Department of intentionally leaking details about the investigation into him. Agnew asked AG Richardson to look into what he claimed was a "gross perversion of justice."

Source: Elliot L. Richardson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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Putting  Reporters  Under  Oath

Putting Reporters Under Oath

Vice President Agnew's defense team walking out of court after getting federal judge Walter E. Hoffman (pictured, top left) to sign an order allowing them to put news reporters under oath to determine whether Justice Department officials were the sources for their reports (pictured, lower right: Agnew defense lawyer Martin London).

Source: Beall Collection / Lewis J. Ort Library, Frostburg State University
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Taking depositions

Taking depositions

Letter from Vice President Agnew's defense lawyer Jay Topkis to U.S. Attorney George Beall of Maryland informing him that Agnew's lawyers intend to depose various news reporters as well as one of Beall's own Assistant U.S. Attorneys (Barney Skolnik) to determine the source of leaks to the press.

Source: Beall Collection / Lewis J. Ort Library, Frostburg State University
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"Spiro  On  The  Spot"

“Spiro On The Spot”

Vice President Spiro Agnew featured on the cover of "Newsweek" Magazine in October of 1973 after the criminal investigation of him went public.

Source: Beall Collection / Lewis J. Ort Library, Frostburg State University
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"Hang  In  There"  Cards

“Hang In There” Cards

Vice President Agnew received hundreds and hundreds of letters of encouragement from his supporters across the country, many of them repeating the message "Hang In There, Baby"

Source: Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
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"Hang  In  There"  Cards

“Hang In There” Cards

Vice President Agnew received hundreds and hundreds of letters of encouragement from his supporters across the country, many of them repeating the message "Hang In There, Baby"

Source: Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
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Give  Them  "Hell"

Give Them “Hell”

A letter of support that Vice President Agnew received from a man in Neosho, Missouri, encouraging him to give his critics "hell.". Agnew responded that it was "excellent advice."

Source: Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
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Give  Them  "Hell"

Give Them “Hell”

A letter of support that Vice President Agnew received from a man in Neosho, Missouri, encouraging him to give his critics "hell.". Agnew responded that it was "excellent advice."

Source: Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
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"Please  Do  Not  Resign"

“Please Do Not Resign”

A letter of support that Vice President Agnew received from a couple in California. They wrote to VP Agnew that they were "heartsick over what the news media and the Liberals are doing to you."

Source: Spiro T. Agnew papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland
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"Are  You  A  Democrat?"

“Are You A Democrat?”

Attorney General Elliot Richardson also received bins full of hate mail after Vice President Spiro Agnew began publicly attacking the Justice Department's handling of the investigation into him. This letter to AG Richardson from a woman in Lubbock, Texas accused the lifelong Republican Attorney General of being a pawn of the Democratic Party.

Source: Elliot L. Richardson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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