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Sam J. Ervin Jr.

Print publication date: 1983

Print ISBN-13: 9780807844649

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807875735_Ervin

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Humor in the Watergate Investigation

Humor in the Watergate Investigation

(p.185) Chapter 14 Humor in the Watergate Investigation
Humor of a Country Lawyer

Sam J. Ervin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the unanimous resolution adopted by Democratic and Republican senators, drafted by the author at the request of Senator Mike Mansfield, the majority leader of the Senate. It created the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities to investigate the burglary of the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate on June 17, 1972, and other illegal or unethical events occurring during the presidential election of 1972. The committee consisted of four Democrats, Senators Herman E. Talmadge, Daniel K. Inouye, Joseph M. Montoya, and the author, and three Republican senators, Howard H. Baker, Jr., Edward J. Gurney, and Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., who were appointed by the Vice-President on the recommendations of Senator Mansfield and Senator Hugh Scott, the minority leader of the Senate. The author served as its chairman, and Howard Baker as its vice-chairman.

Keywords:   Republican senators, Senator Mike Mansfield, majority leader, Senate, Select Committee, Presidential Campaign Activities, Democratic National Committee

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