Forty-four years ago this month, the nation was watching the US Senate hearings about Watergate unfold. This was before cable news, the internet, telephones that took pictures, etc. So we were not bombarded with 24/7 news from Washington as we are today, thank goodness.
A key player in the hearings was Tennessee senator Howard Baker. On June 29, 1973 Baker asked John Dean, “My primary thesis is still, what did the president know, and when did he know it?” Though he served another 12 years in the Senate, this question became the defining moment in Baker’s career.