The HISTORY Channel will air a special encore presentation of the network’s definitive six-hour original documentary, “Watergate,” from Oscar®-winning director Charles Ferguson (“Inside Job”) on Friday, June 17 at 6 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. 50th anniversary of the infamous burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972.
“Watergate” chronicles one of the greatest criminal conspiracies in modern politics and features a list of some of the scandal’s most important media, legal and political figures, including Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, John Dean, Jill Wine-Banks, Richard Ben – Veniste, and many others. The film explores many of the same issues debated TODAY at the national level, including executive privilege and dealing with presidential misconduct.
“I am pleased that the History Channel has decided to rebroadcast my documentary WATERGATE on the 50th anniversary of the Watergate burglary. The history of the Watergate scandal is now more relevant than ever in today’s era of political division and conflict. attacks on key American democratic institutions. I hope that in the future, WATERGATE will be seen by, and the lessons of the Watergate scandal will be learned by, every new generation of American voters,” Ferguson said.
On the night of June 17, 1972, a security guard at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. called police when he found an open door repeatedly. Police discovered five men dressed in business suits who were setting up microphones and photographing documents at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. Thus began the most explosive scandal in American history – a scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon and sent more than 40 people to prison.
The events of Watergate read like a political thriller – dirty tricks, government surveillance and sabotage…much of it was secretly recorded on tape. “Watergate” tells the full story of the conspiracy led by Nixon and his White House staff, and how they were brought to justice.
Among the incidents covered in the series are the leaking and publication of the Pentagon Papers; spreading fake news on behalf of the White House to destroy the candidacy of then-frontrunner Sen. Edmund Muskie for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972; the revelation that Nixon was secretly recording all conversations in the Oval Office; the Supreme Court’s fight for the records following subpoenas from the special prosecutor and both houses of Congress; the infamous Saturday Night Massacre, when Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, leading to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus; the impeachment proceedings of the House Judiciary Committee; and the last “smoldering” tape that recorded Nixon conspiring to cover up White House involvement in Watergate just days after the burglary.
“Watergate” includes new interviews with journalists, senior Nixon administration officials, members of Congress and prosecutors. Interview subjects include the late Senator John McCain, Daniel Ellsberg, Elizabeth Holtzman, William Ruckelshaus, Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, among others.
This material is combined with existing archival documents, including conversations recorded by Nixon and other members of his administration, footage of Congressional hearings, interviews conducted during the investigation, trial transcripts criminal and Supreme Court arguments from other legal proceedings; and written first-person testimony from those involved in the scandal.
Charles Ferguson directed the Oscar-winning film, “Inside Job”, and the Oscar-nominated film, “No End in Sight”.
“Watergate” was produced by Representational Pictures. Charles Ferguson is a director and producer. Krista Parris is a producer. John Sloss and Dana O’Keefe are executive producers of Cinetic. Molly Thompson and Michael Stiller are executive producers of The HISTORY Channel.
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