The House of Representatives took a leading role in the impeachment investigation of President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate Scandal in the 1970s. Interviewees recall the highly-publicized Judiciary Committee hearings and reflect on the era’s lasting effects on American government. From press coverage of the committee hearings to the advent of televised House proceedings in 1979, first-hand accounts of the period provide an important resource for understanding the impact of Watergate.
“What Does the Constitution Require?”
The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman provides insight on the workings of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation into the Watergate scandal.
"I Really Felt As Though I Were in Quicksand"
The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman remembers feeling overwhelmed by the extent of the Watergate scandal.
"I Never Thought That Women Could Play This Kind of a Role"
The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman emphasizes the importance of serving as a woman on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation.
Questioning President Ford
The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman recalls questioning President Ford on the pardon of Richard Nixon.
The System Worked
The Honorable Elizabeth Holtzman remembers the work accomplished by the House Judiciary Committee investigating Watergate.
The 18-Minute Gap
Linda Melconian recounts her experience on the House Floor during a pivotal moment in the Watergate investigation.
Changes During the 94th Congress
Representative Dellums describes the impact of the Watergate scandal on Congress.
The Nixon Impeachment Hearings
Background on the decision to hold the Nixon impeachment hearings in the House Judiciary Committee Room in 1974.
"Not In Tune with the Times"
The Honorable Martha Elizabeth Keys describes the changing atmosphere in the House during the post-Watergate era and its effect on committee chairmen.
Overview of the media coverage during the House hearings on Watergate.
Effect of Watergate on Press Coverage
Reflections on changes to committee press coverage following the Watergate hearings.
Preparing for the Media Attention
Discussion of the necessary preparations for press coverage of the Judiciary Committee hearings.
Upheaval of the Seniority System
Discussion of the Watergate Babies and committee assignments.