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President Richard Nixon President Richard Nixon with his edited transcripts of the White House Tapes subpoenaed by the special prosecutor, during his speech to the nation on Watergate, on April 29, 1974. Photo: Jack Kightlinger/National Archives & Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons

Forty-five years ago, the Watergate scandal challenged our democratic institutions. The president’s allies had burglarized the Democratic National Committee and the president had participated in efforts to obstruct the investigation. Many of those who broke laws and failed in their public trust were lawyers, including President Richard Nixon and Attorney General John Mitchell, as well as other government officials and campaign staffers.

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