Watergate

Gaetz: ‘We’re playing out our own version of That ‘70s Show’

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is seen during a House Judiciary markup in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Matt Gaetz engaged in a testy exchange with former White House counsel under Richard Nixon, John Dean, who appeared before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing on lessons learned from the Mueller report.

Collins: ‘The ‘70s called, they want their star witness back’

Former White House counsel John Dean speaks at a House Judiciary hearing Monday in the Rayburn Building titled “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.”  (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

The House Judiciary Committee convened Monday to hear from four witnesses on lessons from the nearly two-year long Robert S. Mueller III-led investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Committee's leadoff witness was John Dean, former White House Counsel under President Richard Nixon during Watergate. His testimony was meant to provide historical context from Watergate to Mueller's findings today.

Trump and Sessions: In a Relationship — and It’s Complicated
Strife with presidents is common for post-Watergate AGs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was one of President  Donald Trump’s early supporters. But their relationship has become more complicated. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he was also signaling a new act in one of the summer’s most riveting political dramas. 

Sessions had been considered a dead man walking since mid-July, when Trump began berating him in interviews and on social media for his decision to recuse himself from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Yet here he was, on a podium, serving as a proxy for the president as he announced a controversial policy decision that Sessions has sought for years — and on which Trump was reportedly wavering. 

Podcast: Why Republicans Haven’t (Yet) Said Nyet to Trump on Russia
The Big Story, Episode 63

CQ Roll Call columnist Walter Shapiro and senior editor David Hawkings consider the Watergate scandal and what its rhythms reveal about why today’s GOP lawmakers are still taking a wait-and-see approach to the sprawling, sometimes confusing connections between the Russians and President Donald Trump.

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Think Modern-Day Politics Are a Revival of the Nixon Era? Check It Out
Newly released 1970s Congressional Records document familiar themes

Digitized copies of Congressional Record from the 1970s are now available online for free. (Courtesy U.S. Government Publishing Office)

The president feuds with the media. Congress investigates secret intelligence operations. And tensions simmer between the United States and Iran. 

Welcome to the 1970s.