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Published on Jun 26, 2012
"What did the President know and when did he know it?" --former senator Howard Baker about Richard Nixon during the Watergate hearings
By Douglas J. Hagmann
20 June 2012: It is interesting that it was exactly forty years ago this week that five "burglars" were caught inside the Watergate complex, setting off one of the most notorious presidential scandals in U.S. history. The events of June 17, 1972 resulted in the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon just over two years later. During that two years, the press was aggressive in its coverage and investigation, while the White House denied any involvement with, connection to, or knowledge of the incident.
During the two years following the arrests of the men caught inside the Watergate complex and until the White House could no longer suppress evidence behind the claims of "executive privilege," the press and congressional investigators were relentless in determining "what Nixon knew and when he knew it." How times have changed.