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Sam Dash, Majority Counsel

Sam Dash & Sam Ervin
U.S. Senate Historical Office

Samuel Dash served as chief counsel on the Senate Watergate committee, perhaps the most famous aspect of a legal career that lasted half a century. Appointed in 1973 by committee chairman Sam Ervin, Dash became a well-known figure who advocated for legal ethics and open political discourse. During the hearings Dash questioned witness after witness as the committee investigated the story behind the Watergate burglary and cover-up, revealing evidence that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. After Watergate, Dash helped Chief Justice Warren Burger devise the American Bar Association’s ethical standards for prosecutors and defense attorneys.


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