Watergate 40th Anniversary

To mark the 40th anniversary of Watergate, Washington Post Live convened the major players— Woodward and Bernstein, Bradlee, Nixon White House counsel John Dean, co-director of the White House Special Investigations Unit (popularly called the "Plumbers) Egil “Bud" Krogh, House Judiciary Committee member William Cohen, the Senate Watergate Committee's chief minority counsel Fred Thompson, special prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste and associate minority counsel for the House Watergate Committee William F. Weld.  This forum was held June 11 at the Watergate Office Building, where the historic scandal began with a strip of duct tape.

Speaker Highlights

Woodward on Deep Throat and the key Watergate sources

Woodward on Deep Throat and the key Watergate sources

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein discuss the interactions with key sources, including FBI agent Mark Felt, that helped them break the Watergate scandal story.
John Dean on the days following the Watergate break-in

John Dean on the days following the Watergate break-in

Author John Dean, former White House Counsel to President Nixon, talks about the cover-up and fallout following the botched break-in to the DNC headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in June, 1972.
Woodward and Bernstein on Watergate forty years later

Woodward and Bernstein on Watergate forty years later

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein talk with Charlie Rose about reporting the Watergate scandal. The panel was part of the Washington Post Live event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the scandal.
Lehrer on Watergate:  It was a crime of corruption

Lehrer on Watergate: It was a crime of corruption

Jim Lehrer, of PBS NewsHour, describes the Watergate scandal as “crime of political corruption,” but also points out that it “spawned good deeds among people.”
Fred Thompson: A Republican on Watergate

Fred Thompson: A Republican on Watergate

Former senator Fred Thompson recalls his early involvement in the investigation into the Watergate break-in.
Bud Krogh on going to jail

Bud Krogh on going to jail

Egil “Bud” Krogh talks about coming to grips with his actions and serving a jail sentence as a result of his involvement with the Nixon administration’s infamous “Plumbers” unit.
Could Watergate happen again?

Could Watergate happen again?

Former co-director of the White House Special Investigations Unit Bud Krogh talks about presidential measures in the name of national security and former congressman William Cohen discusses the key ingredients to a major political scandal.
Woodward and Bernstein on Watergate in the digital age

Woodward and Bernstein on Watergate in the digital age

Former Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward cite the continued importance of listening and human sources to investigative journalism in the age of the internet.

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Revisiting Watergate

PHOTOS | Key figures from the Watergate scandal reconvened June 11 at the Watergate Office Building in Washington.