Watergate: Moments of Crisis

Ep. 201717
75 minute listen

To what extent did Watergate ignite a constitutional crisis?

TAH.org’s 7 April 2018 Saturday Webinar was about Watergate and the ensuing political and seeming constitutional crisis that ensued. Panelists discussed the background of the break-in that led to the crisis, but also talked a great deal about Nixon’s background, his views on Democrats and other Republicans, and how his experiences and personality contributed to his actions as president. Questions from teachers included those about presidential powers as related to subpoenas, how precedents established played out during the Clinton impeachment incident in the late 1990s, and some about pardon powers and their extent. And how to Congressional investigations differ from criminal ones?

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