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Leaks Lead to Open Hearings


On March 28, 1973, the Watergate Committee met behind closed doors to hear the testimony of convicted Watergate burglar James McCord. Foreshadowing the public’s fascination with the televised hearings that would begin two months later, reporters jostled one another in the hallways of the Capitol, eager to interview senators after they concluded their five-hour meeting. The closed hearing generated so many leaks to the media that the committee decided to conduct all future hearings in public session.