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Even before Hal Holbrook memorialized Deep Throat in his 1976 performance in “All the President’s Men,” Washington lawyers were prime suspects as the scotch-drinking government source that aided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their investigation of Watergate. Among the list of possibles were: Leonard Garment, a White House counsel under Richard Nixon who actually speculated about others in his 2000 book, “In Search of Deep Throat”; David Gergen, a lawyer and Nixon speechwriter; and, most famously, Fred Fielding, deputy to Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and now a partner at Wiley Rein & Fielding, who was named Deep Throat by a 2003 student journalism investigation at the University of Illinois. “I always thought that Deep Throat talked like a lawyer,” says William Gaines, an investigative reporter who led the students’ investigation of Deep Throat. Last week’s announcement that W. Mark Felt, then the No. 2 official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was Woodward’s famous source brought the game to a close. “I had a different horse in the race, but that doesn’t make any difference,” says Garment, who had named Republican strategist John Sears in his book. But even if much of the speculation was off, Deep Throat, it turns out, did have a law degree, although he didn’t practice law in the usual sense. And the story’s end involved another attorney: John O’Connor, a litigation partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in San Francisco, who wrote the Vanity Fair article revealing Felt’s identity.

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