The Senate and Watergate
“Obviously, we’re looking at a preface to the Watergate scandal. This is just a beginning.”
Rufus Edmisten: Deputy Counsel, Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Wategate Committee)
Former deputy counsel Rufus Edmisten discusses Senator Sam Ervin’s investigative and oversight work on two subcommittees in the years before the Watergate scandal unfolded.
“…the Committee didn't want the public to think that the Senate had made a foregone conclusion that there was going to be an impeachment.”
Floyd M. Riddick: Senate Parliamentarian
Former Senate parliamentarian Floyd Riddick discusses the closed sessions of the Senate Rules Committee during the Summer of 1974 in anticipation of a Senate impeachment trial of President Richard Nixon.
“Oh, he would have lost…. Scott went down and told them that he couldn't see any more than ten to twelve votes in the Senate against impeachment.”
William F. Hildenbrand : Secretary of the Senate
Interviewed by Senate Historian Donald Ritchie, former Republican Secretary William F. Hildenbrand describes the atmosphere in the Senate during the final days of the Nixon presidency.
Historical information provided by the Senate Historical Office.
Executive Sessions of the Senate Committee on Rules, July and August, 1974
July 31, 1974 AM
July 31, 1974 PM
August 1, 1974
August 7, 1974
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Report of the Senate Committee on Rules, August 22, 1974