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.
“In those days, people would send out letters to their colleagues to announce they were going to go make their maiden speech."
William F. Hildenbrand: Secretary of the Senate
Interviewed in 1985 by Senate Historian Donald Ritchie, Hildenbrand recalls the bygone Senate custom of new senators refraining from speechmaking during their first year in office.