50 years ago early this morning, the Watergate break-in occurred. And the rest is history. I was in the summer recess between being a 2L and 3L, probably already in summer classes. I studied for the bar exam to be held July 23-25, 1973 while watching all of the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities of the U.S. Senate in the summer of 1973. I was watching on July 13th when Alexander Butterfield revealed the White House taping system that only four people knew about (Pres. Nixon who ordered it set up, Butterfield implemented the order, and two Secret Service agents who set it up). I remember sitting upright when I heard it. That was it.
I watched all of what the Committee did. I was somewhat fearful I wouldn’t pass the bar because of all the time watching the Committee hearings, but I did. I read all I could on Watergate, and I acquired, read, and reread the original bound volume of their report from the Government Printing Office.
It marked me for life as a lawyer. The Rule of Law is my religion. Liz Cheney is today’s Sam Ervin.