Egil Krogh: the jailed Watergate lawyer who shook up Nixon with Elvis
The first staff member to plead guilty to his part in the scandal also arranged for The King’s Oval Office visit
Egil “Bud” Krogh, who has died at the age of 80, was the head of the “plumbers” unit in the Nixon White House who coordinated the burglary of the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, in a failed attempt to discredit the military analyst whose leak of top-secret Pentagon documents relating to the Vietnam War had embarrassed the president.
He became the first staff member to plead guilty to his part in what became known as the Watergate scandal, and the first to go to jail. Later, he became a campaigner for integrity in public life and also wrote a short memoir chronicling a bizarre encounter in 1970 between Nixon and Elvis Presley, which inspired the 2016 film Elvis & Nixon, starring Kevin Spacey as the president, Michael Shannon as Elvis and Colin Hanks as Krogh, the aide who persuades a thoroughly dubious Nixon that meeting Presley would be a good idea.
The son of a department store executive, Egil Krogh was born in Chicago on August 3 1939 and brought up in Portland, Oregon, then Seattle. He dropped out of university to join the US Navy, serving as communications officer aboard an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. Back in the US he studied law at the University of Washington...