Our Journey

Our Journey

by Johnnie Mac Walters


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In 1971 embattled President Richard M. Nixon sought to use the Internal Revenue Service as a weapon to investigate and punish his "enemies." Tapes of White House conversations reveal that Nixon wanted as Commissioner "a ruthless son-of-a-bitch that he will do what he is told; that every income tax return I want to see I see; that he will go after our enemies and not go after our friends." Attorney General John Mitchell recommended one of his assistants, a specialist in tax law, Johnnie McKeiver Walters, for the key post.

Walters was confirmed as Commissioner of Internal Revenue in August of 1971 and served until 1973. Apparently neither Nixon nor Mitchell ever spoke with Walters to ensure he would aid them as they desired. In fact, Walters was "shocked" when White House counsel John Dean presented him with an "enemies list," and he refused to politicize the IRS as Nixon wanted. When presidential domestic advisor John P. Ehrlichman confronted Walters about his "foot-dragging tactics" in regard to ordered audits, Walters told Secretary of the Treasury George P. Schultz that he could "have my job anytime he wanted it." In an administration largely remembered for its abuse of power, Walters stands apart for his steadfast performance under pressure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989337311
Publisher: Stroud & Hall Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2014
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

A native of Hartsville, Walters was born to Tommie Ellis and Lizzie Grantham Walters in 1919. He was educated in the Hartsville public schools and received his A.B. degree from Furman University in 1942. During World War II he served with distinction in the U.S. Army Air Force as a navigator, flying fifty bombing missions out of Southern Italy. Walters earned his law degree in 1948 from the University of Michigan, where he also met and married his wife, Donna Hall.

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