Whilst the world has changed significantly since the Watergate Scandal fifty years ago, one question remains as controversial and timely as ever: how powerful is the US presidency? Post 9/11, concern resurfaced over the possible return of the imperial presidency since its post Watergate decline. Watergate birthed public distrust of the government which continues to linger. Following the Trump administration, it is vital to re-examine the long-term impact of Watergate and how applicable its lessons are today. Does Watergate still hold significance in the 21st century?
President Richard Nixon’s lawyer for a fateful 1,000 days, which he recounted to the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973. He has since become a prolific writer exposing abuses of government power, and is the author of Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers.
Professor Jeffrey A. Engel
Founding Director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of Impeachment: An American History, in which he examines the Constitution and the Trump administration.
Professor Timothy Naftali
Founding director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, where he created the Watergate exhibit and ensured the accessibility of the Nixon tapes and over a million presidential documents. He is the author of Impeachment: An American History.
Professor Iwan Morgan
Emeritus Professor of United States History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London. His research examines US politics.