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john dean had placed the president of the united states at the core of the watergate conspiracy the committee searched for bits and pieces of evidence to confirm been story or do that within days the committee would learn of evidence beyond its wildest dreams but for the president the only thing to do was to press the white house for memoranda appointment calendars anything that might help the committee kept hoping for voluntary cooperation that would spare the country a constitutional confrontation over executive privilege on july twelve the watergate committee gathered in senator ervin's office and senator baker suggestion irvin telephone the president personally to ask for his cooperation so i called and the president said you know that he had this discover the headphone volume and a half ago the hospital and out he said there are about to get an outfit we're not out to get in the
plays a ruthless so the phone call to the present government i think there's still that senators held out hope that somehow mr nixon is more accommodating so maybe a manufacturing optimism but i think there is ground for demanded a persistent believing there somewhere around this dilemma until it and chariots right clearly to appear meanwhile the committee staff was working for a virtually behind the saints are interviewing white house employees who might be able to testify to the veracity of john green's story and as we begin to look at those few people around the present we discovered there were some would never heard of before for example it was an obscure air force colonel named alexander butterfield who apparently hadn't brought in by alexander head somewhere where just to be the chief of staff a man to can control the gates it was a friday the thirteenth of july in front of the cameras in the caucus room white house aide richard moore was testifying in a stuffy office in the basement at least i have lawyers were interviewing alexander butterfield as they did all
potential witnesses before scheduling them for the hearing at one point this butterfield about a particular white house document that contained quotations of residential conversations on and on sanders who is the republican minority council downturn to him and said you know one thing was testifying being mentioned that at one point in his meetings with nixon the president won over in the corner he lowered his voice in the head an impression of the conversation not be recorded is it possible that the new talking about butterfield said no now there's no word of course that's where this came from and he kind of looked at us and we nodded than a symbol as a geisha know the president records all these conversations are recorded they're only for people who know this course it was really neat things were chill went up your spine you know you just heard something that could potentially change course of history who knows what was on the tapes that was how house across the street
veteran brian williams was is now the editor of the chicago tribune and the ensemble and said the one thing the one dimension that's a total family support and table is available and that's a little careful about and there was good and dark and he's a member of a cross a street without them working too so we cross the street wearing that's true amanda silva interviewer i'm sure we can push around the ocean just as i was about to leave is around five thirty six o'clock in the evening the telephone why was ron i was at my briefcase practice just at the door and i answered it and this got on stones voice
as a stamp going to see as i got something important or scout always had something important those something in port isis got can that way i promise there like come on early for dinner is as scully sandy says it's very important gotta come up we stand up spears and when to stand at his office when he came out with one of our other assistance and he was sweating his eyes were wild richard samp the present record all those conversations only was i was sitting there i guess because my god i said here we finally had the cooperation that we really needed for john dean and i called cera and set on one of the lakes and i called sam irvin i remember and i told her than what we just learned and i remember him because he just felt that it was the muslim walk a lot of evidence that we could've found quoted the king james version of the bible something to the effect that the
truth will always come out you can't cover up and we decided then that we had to get on the field in as the very next problem with especially the contractors or a baker and we are certain courses so you get better fuel man right away monday so we spent the weekend preparing for and did you tell the white house before that monday that the rebels are as news council of the border scott paul fred two to tell him that i thought that it would be a mistake if they didn't have a warrant for common that columbia university mascot from every direction where gravity above the mantle of state or running mate and that in new york bureau of libya drones for advantage
of an anomalous they weren't a new clinical we had brought our human in the late morning we stashed them in a house next to the senate which was used for the officers and the committees a number of staff we're with him and the press noticed that we had gone off with someone who they didn't recognize a million followers with your camera crews and so forth that remember leslie stahl conflict up the tale of three fifth silly was where it was from my name is alexander and the administrator of the federal aviation administration and was a regular puzzlement about why the ministry of the faa would be passed a farm that's correct i think if there was a moment or a group
of any listening devices i was aware of listening devices yes yeah we're running out of the moment into the tunnel was the impact was immediate the committee probably asked for the relevant tapes mainly conversations between beane and nixon a week later the answer came from the white house the president would not release the tapes and this latest version laughter and serious business committee announced that it was issuing a subpoena for the tape's not since the administration of thomas jefferson and congress serve a subpoena on a president
right right i don't know president nixon refused to hire the subpoena citing executive privilege the gauntlet was down the constitutional confrontation could not be avoided so a committee of congress decided to take the president to court or for the first time in history the challenge that well there's no question that all or litigation this major reason with no bus to end litigation and i think this litigation has a section
if we are well the president is alvaro follow and whether there is a new home all the duties and responsibilities so in madison wis congressman bob one all along well and this man i think most of us reached a conclusion on was about the same time that these tapes were very accommodating because it though in awe i think the president with very happily so when the white house was was willing to really go to war to prevent the disclosure laws then the engines throughout of the situation basically was so was a matter more protecting is there's only one persian ruler the pressure on richard nixon increase the special prosecutor brought a city somewhere in the maze and the fight for the tate shifted the
jets are appeals court ruled here in the caucus room the committee moved on to john ehrlichman h r haldeman the president's top assistants they've been forced to resign but they were still loyal denying wrongdoing by the president for themselves but as they gave their version of that all i had to be aware of the ominous over and tapes ehrlichman the number to assist them at the white house was brought into the mix and can't buy his former college roommate a longtime nixon aide bob haldeman in the nineteen sixty eight campaign he was the tour director handling nixon's public appearances when they won the election ehrlichman who had been a lawyer in seattle almond self named counsel to the president is efficiency got nixon's i'm sunni was made assistant to the president for domestic buyers rusk a stickler for punctuality he was second in power only to haldeman together they built a wall around the president protecting him from outsiders and monitoring staff contacts when the investigation a watergate closed in on them
ehrlichman and haldeman resigned on april thirty nineteen seventy three erlichman was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice and lying to the fbi and the grand jury he served eighteen months in prison divorced and remarried john ehrlichman now lives in santa fe new mexico and has become a writer he's the author of an autobiography and two novels john mccain with his jaws dropping out as a us anger routine call me dog now i do everything for my president and my country and i was right and elevate the people the committee on the fence the committee chad the piano and down on the subject of the plumbers and investigative unit set up by the nixon white house to fix national security leaks the plumbers existence had been secret their methods included wiretapping and burglary the committee want to know hadn't their supervisor been john ehrlichman you know you have created in the white house
i don't know which would restate the question for me was i said come a time when you have the ability and the white house or intelligence gathering intelligence gathering answer would be no did you ever were you ever get set up a special why now and major national security areas and in point of fact i was strictly in terms of your question i was not that set up are you getting in the seventies as
in a literal sense so it is a factor one of the missions of the plumbers was to gather information on daniel ellsberg he was the defense department consultant who leak damaging official documents the so called pentagon papers to the newspapers in search of information to discredit him the plumbers broke into the office of ellsberg's psychiatrist he'll go yeah the mai mai
well i am all think it could go well i don't think it's a question raised in determining for himself vast chairman i think this was a hey an effort on the part of the special units to do as they have done in other cases subsequently to determine where there were holes in the either in the federal government itself or in the rand corporation or these outside units like goldberg and his co conspirators if there were any these steel massive quantities of top secret documents and turn them over to the russians is incumbent upon the president is the executive of this executive branch to satisfy himself and he has done everything possible to be sure that such a thing does not occur in the future and in order to do that he has to be in a position to know what happened
among other things and the defense intelligence agency congress doesn't do anything i know irvin was closing in on the basic question authority was the president above the law ehrlichman contended that the president had inherent power it went beyond the committee's notion of what the law and the constitution allowed now throughout the wire and it was you said that nixon that he'd authorize that while both said he had not arrived at all
they had and so that was the odd jobs that without an accent any better than a lot of questions to president who were again and you don't know exactly where that power to be limited you don't think that include murder of a crime beyond puerto ricans are ways to check on tv or senator we study the famous finds wall came from mainland and also is well known in this country had no matter our own homeland party is illegally king of england gave in or without his pension i'm afraid that's been considerable eroded over the years and in my country we don't think it's religion
and national security justification given for the plumbers activities chairman irving wanted to know what good information from a psychiatrist's office have to do with national security the hills it is it's b the committee then turn to the white house practice of spying on the private lives of political opponents you need to tell
me in this committee but you consider private investigators going into sexual habits drinking of his domestic problems and personal social activities as a proper subject for investigation during the course of a political campaigns are right no my own knowledge of incumbents in office who are not discharging their obligation to their constituents because of their banking habits and it distresses me very much and as a kind of an unwritten law in the media but that is not just got out i think that is important for the american people to know and it's the only way they can be brought out groove is a political campaign and i think that kind of obligation i mean do you really want to bring the political system of the united states
or campaign down to the level of what you're talking about it i can say that this place and i i know that in your situation your lifestyles and utterly implacable and there would be anything at issue like an angel believe me believe me i know i worry about is second people on the landscape here at my standard for all to learn that everybody in the congress ought to be immune from scorpion at a batter seems to me to be a defensible position you are you think that we have state of the game and there you know all the time not just to hear you like talk there's anything that is quite obvious in washington dc it's in every aspect of our lives legislative person in every way subject to scrutiny of a free
press throughout his testimony ehrlichman maintained he was innocent this by john banes account of a criminal conspiracy in the white house with ehrlichman right in the middle of that you have to maintain and all of his service in the white house especially in those activities evolve around the watergate did that you're all is that correct sir justice the women's testimony had been marked by a testy exchanges with the senators and vocal demonstrations from the audience at the close of his testimony man it counseled thompson felt compelled to apologize to the witness for the treatment he received
never been convicted and it was it was a political process in the broadest sense of the word at that time and then some of the commandos in the corruption and that's a legal ones julie thanks after five days of testimony john ehrlichman had some last words on the comments of an earlier witness a young disillusioned former white house aide i could not close without commenting on going strong and serve the other day to the question do you have any advice for young americans with government and the political process to stay away but i don't think many other americans laughter that i certainly didn't know do i agree with gardens advice i hope they come and test their ideas and their convictions
in this marketplace i hope they do come and do their young americans if you come here come with your eyes wide open the next witness was the only man closer to nixon and john ehrlichman bob haldeman once nixon's closest aide came before the committee at a time when the president was confident he could hold on to the white house tapes on the grounds they were critical to national security but call them until a committee he listened to the tapes after leaving the white house this only increase the committee's resolve to get them if provoked the senators that halderman been given special access and this point became the theme of his testimony bob haldeman once described himself this way every president has is s o b and i'm richard nixon's as the white house chief of staff he was the gatekeeper who decided which people and papers got to the president a former advertising executive a joy nixon's political staff early
on in nineteen fifty six by the time of the nineteen sixty eight campaign he was very much in china arch of the staff and access to nixon in the white house called him and control president's schedule and plant his own to monitor the president's at work he was rarely more than a few feet from the oval office if not in it and he was on call at all hours it was a hard man to know apparently he felt will need to be like even by those he worked with and he wasn't like them a column runs german named group that stern demeanor and remoteness cause some observers to smite that him as a contemporary oppression or worse he left the white house they have with ehrlichman as the watergate crisis mounted in the spring of nineteen seventy three after the hearings haldeman was convicted of conspiracy obstruction of justice and perjury for his part in the cover up and he served eighteen months in prison he now lives with his wife in southern california where a developed some sells real estate our reputation was one who was the other thing is the han sido
crack the whip he was a public relations man with a good actor he came in as a as a subversive serve everybody's sweet and you can you can go anywhere president nixon had no knowledge or involvement in you the watergate affair a cell or the subsequent efforts of a cover up of the watergate it will be equally clear despite all the unfounded allegations to her that i had no such knowledge or involvement when haldeman face the committee the existence of the white house tapes was known but what they said was not he told committee the president given in some of the takes to take home and listen to every became a private citizen haldeman was interrogating the tapes for the committee and he said they proved john banes charges were false the tapes haldeman it taken home with a sign once the president had refused to give to the senate committee on the special prosecutor assigned tapes that were supposed to be under secret service protection the tapes haldeman knew could bring down the administration
i'm sorry your call and response to an angry but about a real person by the way we're in the exclusive custody of a secret service agent at all times i don't recall that i i sure that was his understanding at the time that i took a take home and listen to the existence of the tapes was not known anyone other than the limited people identify and it was not contemplated i don't believe that that its existence would ever be known for people and it was a request to review material for the president which he knew i was familiar with and concerning a meeting in which i'd been in attendance and now
there is a wide as president nixon i think those things out where the parliament have that tape they would let them at a remote american people trying to suggest especially will seek those who made it home loans nasr i think that the access here was not enough capacity as a private citizen that any capacity as a as a former assistant to the president who was aware of the assistance of the tape and was able and have been present at the meeting was able to review the tape for the president and reports on its content and i think that i love the jay z and the tate at my residence that when i
left the residence the next day and was in the house during the time the law there was nobody else also the whole operation during that time i can to the best of my knowledge senators are you that in the sense that the taste so in the seventies and left in the closet of my study in my house this is the question that people are asking is it possible that the state during most point out of the embargo i don't consider it to be possible even the minority council thought it was a mistake on the part of the president to have given the tapes to haldeman author of that was and that blunder
in a coma before them the comedienne and before that the public that way and say we're not going to give you the tapes but we're gonna let one of our gas innocent until you would say as best as robin the salt and of the loans haldeman was questioned closely on his version of crucial meetings in one conversation in the oval office nixon haldeman and dean had discussed raising a million dollars to pay off the burglars and keep them quiet dean had testified that the president said we can do that halderman insisted that the president added but it would be wrong own test the accuracy of your recollection from those tapes for the last night of the second page to the president said there is no problem with raising a million dollars we can do that but it would be wrong out that the period were to fall after week and then it would be emotional than in state
clearly the role of this now those things involve say i'm absolutely positive that the pages with my own ears just a distortion no i don't believe so when the tapes family were made public the conversation was not was haldeman had testified he was later convicted of perjury on this point would you be agreeable to bringing those tapes appear those two dates and playing them senator you're asking me to take a position on an illegal issue an order the position to confirm her council which are not asking when you ask the president i'm not asking if you think we violate separation and simply saying wow witness before this committee be agreeable as an individual we can't otherwise
you're that age and then they were having been advised by counsel at the american are not creating a legal problem by the answer that i would give that i would want to give without even talking about or was it i would welcome that opportunity because they would confirm what i'm voting for three days of questioning haldeman maintained his innocence and protected the president contrary to his reputation he was generally mauldin deferential but there were times when he was provoked beyond its limit and you could feel a cold anger in the room in the headlines last winter are coming out of both you know i would agree that it is one of the youngest of human brain into the water roberts it's revealed trivial the situation both in the committee to reelect president and within the white house
whereupon everything that was untouched was grown closer i will not in any way shape or form ever except that allegation or convention my father you have a part no question the real problem in this country the interest in haldeman and the tapes reflect and the mounting theme of the summer to private tapes away from the president or the courts would settle at so in the fall a committee
moved on to another aspect of the investigation the so called dirty tricks committed against democratic contenders in the presidential campaign the head of this enterprise was a young california lawyer dolls somebody who was recruited through a white house aide light shape and cigarette in his operatives used white house runs for activities like infiltrating democratic campaign offices putting out false issue papers in the name of opposition candidates and forging letters accusing leading democrats of sexual indiscretions dan also great ian to have his assistants just cigarette he began by describing his meeting with bright chabon i met mr chabon near this incoming white house and we all went to a small restaurant in the local areas have that this meeting at an eu if you walk into the white house that's
right abby yes very good very difficult to recall any conversation sen russ at that time was really a likely prospect to run for the democratic nomination collectively i don't believe anybody has ever organized in history this country and spent the kind of money that they spent attempting to disrupt to support to infiltrate leading candidates for the president of the arab states i mean you were on
now one thing you relate in a statement yeah sometimes i began to respect to centers jackson and so as humphry and center moscow against whom this letter with you i would not be fair reid the actual language of the letter and the record i agree yesterday said that letter is untrue it and i sincerely regret that any copies or that worse and would you agree with me about my reading in the director of demonstrators wherever that it was an especially vicious as character i will agree it was a scoreless leather ruined was on walls and salacious
you don't allow anyone things i did at this point in time writes i've stayed in many times before this committee debated and they have no place in the american political system and i don't believe they should be pranks as such gregory so there's really yesterday it is not political try to break and it's
do it is more political than practice steel letters of some candidate and type scurrilous statements about a service alicia had videos of social deficiencies and send those letters are as though it was sent out five eight person's name let it tell us about the tricks i can understand that in fact what the new tricks of local five of these went beyond that the commission one of the great these recruits martin kelly it began with pranks start getting more and more intense i was in most of the things that was doing were not leaving illinois i lose my characters weaving spider d
you are no worries and use must be let's not exactly the case when i was there was a girl that was hungry for money she needs money so i didn't know where she is going to gainesville where the university of florida is i was thomas the center must he was there i gave her a twenty dollars ten dollars earned over how much an aspiration i did this to her she be willing to take a closer look at his hotel suite which was she did unfortunately she did you must've known a very well now gillian know robert vance another it's a great its recruits that tangling with senator and do live audio
on our hi melissa and well once you were the assessments of the white house goes against canada's opposition political ones yes i were sent out into that whenever a president has never been investigated by the news media and by canadians much of this one second sentence where were you in nineteen sixty when it was accusing election was a lot of it this is part of the united states
that the senate of the united states by moscow to or talk about the investigation the watergate hearings began to wind down as the president's pardon watergate became the central issue and talk of impeachment was in the air what he said on the tape source whatever but i wanted to know in the bitter struggle for the tapes the president fired special prosecutor archibald cox and accepted the resignation of attorney general elliot richardson and his deputy william ruckelshaus the new special prosecutor leon jaworski ultimately got the crucial tapes the watergate committee never did the committee staff was eager to proceed with hearings on skullduggery and campaign finance but the senator's concluded that the committee had had its day after six months of public hearings there would be a report that simply laid out the evidence and let the judgments to the
courts and the impeachment process the hearings themselves already have provided the most sweeping helen duvall political scandal in american history ironically it must be mentioned that three members of the committee senators montoya attorney and talmud later had ethical problems of their own congressional responsibility in the watergate case moved to the judiciary committee of the house which would decide whether to recommend that president nixon be impeached the judiciary committee use the evidence from the sinnett hearings held hearings of its own and stated a number of tapes at the white house that not with held in late july nineteen seventy four chairman peter rodino a democrat from new jersey opened the final debate before millions of americans in the television audience we have reached a moment when we are ready to debate resolutions whether or not the committee on the
judiciary should recommend that the house of representatives adopts article is calling for the impeachment of richard m nixon make no mistake about this is a turning point what ever we decide the president's defenders were making their last arguments charles wiggins a california republican felt that the democrats were moving too fast not giving enough attention to the evidence but it would certainly knock on my conscience if i have a preconceived notions about is impeach ability pryor in the receipt of evidence in this case this was an occasion when obscure politicians rose above themselves in the wire the impeachment of a few members of the house committee were as famous
as any senator do have reputations for statesmanship many were junior members of congress and then a fad with the concerns of provincial politics but is the time to vote approach and the obscure politicians spoke out there was an eloquence in the bar and a sense of the constitution there's documented probably the world that's right an exposition of free government it is the documents under which this country and its people have prospered from the founding of this republic we are here to make this constitution a vital documents for our people and an and the abuse of our destruction of justice that is long on the betterment more crucial republican votes were shifting against the president how well but we're virginia
conservative though his election the nixon spoken sadness and in anger in short a power appears to have corrupt it is a friend captain american history but i cannot condone what i have heard i cannot excuse it and i cannot and will not stand still or if we fail to agree we have been told and left and plenty of course of time not only inconsistent with the reasonable expectations of the american people water flowers a conservative democrat from alabama with an american flag in his lapel was in emotional pain but he was going to vote for impeachment awake at night and i was wondering if this cannot be some sort of going to impeach the president of the united states unfortunately this you know they're growing it is the terrible truth that will be upon us here in this committee in the next few days barbara
jordan texas democrat spoke of the constitution from a special perspective earlier today we heard the beginning of the preamble to the college the united states we've had people to write eloquent beginning when the document was completed on the seventeenth of september and seventeen eighty seven i was not included in that we the people i felt somehow won many years that george washington and alexander hamilton doesn't have to be out by mistake but the process of amendment interpretation in court decision i finally been included and we the people my faith in the constitution as whole it is completed his total and i am not one to sit here and be an idol spectator on the diminution of subversion the destruction of the constitution james man a democrat from south carolina
you have the presidency that is in jeopardy wrong we would certainly would strive to strengthen and protect the pros but if there'd be no accountability another probe will feel free to do it too there may be you know what on july twenty seven the judiciary committee voted on article one of the resolution of impeachment of richard nixon on those in favor signify by saying i suppose not news missoula this is joe our know it's just lying on a mr albee i'm twenty seven
members voted aye eleven members voted no the resolution article on that resolution is adopted it will be reported to the house just before the judiciary committee voted the supreme court ruled unanimously that the president must give up the tapes on august five the crucial take nixon had withheld the so called smoking gun was public knowledge it made clear that a week after the watergate break in the president was participating personally in the cover of conspiracy richard nixon was finished and his friends in congress went to the white house to tell him so even its defenders on the judiciary committee soon agreed that the president deserve to be removed from office and on august eight richard milhous nixon thirty seventh president of the united states' resigned therefore i shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow vice president ford
will be sworn in as president at that are in this office a helicopter soon would take him away he spoke to a square one last time when you take some box some disappointment if you've been in the deepest valley in you ever know how magnificent is to be on the highest mountain always remember others may hate you those who hate you don't win unless you hate them and then you destroy yourself and will to the best of my ability preserve protect and preserve both that and the constitution of the united states the constitution of the united states will make the
law go quietly without disorder without disruption but we still talk about what it meant to us then and what it means now with me is stephen hess political scientist writer a senior fellow at the brookings institution who's a republican before watergate steve hess wrote about her fear richard nixon that was not unsympathetic outside and in nineteen sixty nine he worked in the nixon white house he sat through part of the watergate hearings as a commentator for public television welcome backstage first was once you on television ten years ago when you quit these hearings i must admit i haven't like wallowing in and this feels like i feel unclean even even listening i don't think that many of these witnesses really understand what this country is all about the differences and diversity to respect for each other that makes the country operate i don't like listening to myself talking about it i sound like tomorrow right ah i
mad at these people and it i sound mean i don't think of myself as a mean person so tonight as i leave you on and distressed and i'm burned out and i salute you for performing a very useful though distressing service i wish you would have to do a strong stomach that was an emotional farewell steve why we reacted to in that clip it's an eerie scene yourself ten years ago and i'm being so very upset and i try to remember a backwater at all been an and there i had been hour after hour day after day listening to people like the attorney general united states tell about how they had contemplated committing crimes and in iraq i wasn't a professional dixon hader i was a card carrying republican and after a while it simply got to me and i'd start to get nightmares for the first time in my life and
about watergate and it bothered me i felt that the institutions were being abused and then in a very personal sense that i was being used yes because that way it would hit it with richard nixon i felt a very warm feeling i had known many years i cared about the success of his administration ten years later his disillusionment stillwater well again that's a very personal thing i don't think it's fair for the people of the united states determines there for me and i for example had had love government service i could hardly wait to get back into government run my party was with him again and i found personally that i haven't been able to go back into government except for a few weeks since may ask about mrs nixon you about it to richard nixon you weren't religious in the white house has lots of this day i can't quite a richard nixon was a remarkable man his original goal and i
certainly think that he had those tapes calling because he wanted to be remembered in history had a sense of that and the irony of it is that he was going to be probably the second most remembered american president after franklin roosevelt of the twentieth century but you compartmentalize people and it was a short hand he hadn't actually thought of me at one and it brightens anderson us others as his intellectuals and i know for example he never curse that my presence the tanks i couldn't believe that this was the same man that but i knew and clearly that's the way he dealt with the group the apparatchiks that he had around him and know that those were not politicians and politicians understand politics in a way that the whole lemons in the eloquence who had come up through the mechanics of politics really didn't steve loved the people involved mortgage had never run for public office they were campaign workers at yes
and politicians show politicians as i understand that i don't think would have produced watergate they might not a diplomat at the geniuses that is all you have the speaker of the house uncle joe cannon used to say that they have their ears so close to the ground the powerful grasshoppers they understood that you don't get elected this way steve isn't there a positive legacy of forty more sturdy congress won an election last more scrutiny by the press laughter so yes they're there and there is a whole set of laws on the books that are there because of watergate i don't think that they always do exactly what they set out to do all of these performers laws have turned out to have side effects maybe they should've made us what we didn't know we were if we channel public money into politics one way is to push private money out in some other way
we weren't smart enough perhaps perhaps we just can't legislate morality so that that was one possible it's like i think ultimately the greatest consequence of watergate was the knowledge of watergate now as a politician's know that they had a watergate existed and there was a press that the records there were congressional committees and they had best be very careful so it's not that they're more mile but they are perhaps more honest because of work the most persistent question still asked about watergate is also the most simple isn't this the way politics is doesn't everybody do it one answer is that some politicians sometimes do some of it is too much of it but there's no record of another instance when so many illegal things were done in such a concerted coordinated way and by the people who were running the country at the time or they didn't
stop and break ins and telephone taps and so called dirty tricks included the decision in the white house paid four hundred thousand dollars in hush money to burglars to keep the truth from coming out the national security was invoked to keep their ancient secret or gate was about cynicism account a contempt for politics ruined richard nixon a president of considerable accomplishment a lot of people went to jail for acting on the notion that everybody does it the politics is a dark business where anything goes maybe these things have to go pretty far distance up but there was a clear response to watergate from congress and the courts and from the people of the united states sitting in judgment on the hearings held in this room if our free institutions were vulnerable to some local politics they were also able to respond in the spirit of the constitution we can be proud of that thank you
for joining us and robert have the government tell me we had and the matter now accordingly i gave considerable thought to howard present this situation to the president and try to make as dramatic a presentation as i could tell him how serious i thought the situation was that the cover up continue i began by telling that there was a cancer growing on the potency and if the cancer was not removed the president himself would be killed but i also told him that it was important that this cancer be removed immediately because it was growing more deadly every day for a transcript of this program sends seven dollars to dr services two thousand mercantile building baltimore maryland to one to a woman this program was produced by value eta which is solely responsible for its content summary judgement the
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Focuses on the summer, 1973 hearings of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. Includes excerpts from key testimony by John Dean, John Mitchell, John Erlichman, H.R. Haldeman and others.
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United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities; Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
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Associate Producer: Gamble, Joanna
Associate Producer: Ducat, Sue
Director: Sirianne, Mary Frances
Executive Producer: Winslow, Lindo
Host: McDowell, Charles
Producer: Green, Ricki
Producing Organization: WETA
Production Unit: Clevinger, Jill
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Library of Congress
Identifier: 1860529-1-2 (MAVIS Item ID)
Format: U-matic
Generation: Copy: Access
Color: Color
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: 96132dct-arch (Peabody Object Identifier)
Format: Betacam: SP
Duration: 1:16:28
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Chicago: “Summer of Judgment; Part 2 of 2,” 1983-00-00, Library of Congress, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed November 30, 2020,
MLA: “Summer of Judgment; Part 2 of 2.” 1983-00-00. Library of Congress, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. November 30, 2020. <>.
APA: Summer of Judgment; Part 2 of 2. Boston, MA: Library of Congress, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (WGBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from