Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It—Then and Now

August 2022 Bar Bulletin

By Michael Goldenkranz

Forty-nine years ago this summer, I was a 20-year-old Congressional Intern in D.C. at the Watergate hearings. I was fortunate that the Congressman I worked with allowed and encouraged us interns to attend several of the Watergate hearings. Alexander Butterfield, former presidential appointments secretary and aide to Mr. Haldeman, told the committee in testimony that shocked both Congress and the public that President Nixon had recording devices installed in the Oval Office and his office in the Executive Office Building. John Dean, the White House Counsel, admitted to obstructing justice while serving as White House counsel, encouraging...

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