Forty years ago in June the Watergate break-in occurred which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. No person was more tuned into this event and chronicled it more substantially than Stanley Kutler, Ph.D., the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions and History of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the mid-1990’s, his successful lawsuit against the National Archives and the Nixon Estate forced the release of the suppressed Nixon tapes which are published in his book, Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes.
On this program, Professor Kutler takes us back 40 years to this remarkable time in our American history and describes how our democracy unfolded as it should. Would the resignation of Richard Nixon occurred without the tapes? Professor Kutler answers this question and gives us new insight into some of the Congressional leaders whose strong commitment to the Constitution helped the Watergate hearings stay on course.