Watergate at 50
Richard Nixon, John Dean and the Importance of Lawyers as Whislteblowers
John Dean and James Robenalt
You are a lawyer working for the president of the United States. You have been a government lawyer (with Congress and the Justice Department) but have no criminal law experience. The Democratic National Committee has been hacked and because you tried to prevent it from occurring, you know who did it.
The perpetrators volunteer to remain silent so long as they receive cash for legal expenses, bail and family care. Eventually the perpetrators are arrested, plead guilty or are tried and found guilty. They are threatened with long jail sentences. Privately, one of the perpetrators threatens to expose the cover-up by talking to prosecutors unless he receives an assurance that he will be pardoned by the president, or at the least given clemency after a short time in prison.
You realize the cover-up will not work, and warn the president. When it is clear you have not convinced him, you openly begin cooperating with investigators. The president then turns on you, blaming you for the cover-up. And after you start assisting the Watergate Special Prosecutor, the president abruptly fires him, calling the investigation a "witch hunt"
John Dean's direct knowledge of the application (and misapplication) of presidential powers and Jim Robenalt's encyclopedic knowledge of the presidency combine to offer you thoughtful and practical insight into what happens in the halls of power, what might lie ahead and, more importantly, how the practicing bar can respond.
The future is uncertain, but your enjoyment of this fascinating discussion is guaranteed to stimulate your civic consciousness and invigorate your passion as a champion of the rule of law.
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