Wednesday 13 December 2017

Nixon wanted Sinatra to do things his way

Alex Spillius in Washington

Richard Nixon wanted to court Frank Sinatra because he thought his connections with celebrities and other public figures could open a rich source of political funds, tapes released yesterday disclosed.

Despite the singer's links to the Mafia and the Democrat party, the Republican president planned to establish "a personal relationship" with Sinatra.

Nixon's initiative, however, was blocked by John Mitchell, the attorney general, because of Sinatra's alleged links to organised crime, including prominent figures such as Lucky Luciano.

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