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and consumers are becoming more aware of how animals are treated. and later, the financial times columnist talks about his book which describes how she in our political culture are affecting liberalism and western values as a whole. host: good morning. president trump spending the weekend with his family at camp david in maryland. the house and senate returning again this week, a number of congressional with members of the president's cabinet testifying on the 2018 budget. and this weekend marking one of the most significant political stories in american history. the break-in that took place at the watergate complex in washington, d.c., that ultimately leded to resignation of president richard nixon. it occurred on june 17, 1972. 45 years later, we begin with your reflections on this anniversary weekend, as we look
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at some archival pictures from the watergate complex, which is a hotel office and condo here in washington, d.c. our phone lines are open. we're dividing them among democrats, republicans and independents. 202-748-8001 for republicans. 202-748-8000 if you're a democrat. for independents, 202-748-8002. joining us on social media, send us a tweet, @cspanwj, or on facebook. and good sunday morning. thanks very much for being with us. we want to talk about watergate some. say there are potential parallels to where we are today. tell us what you think. this is first from u.p.i., which takes a look at the resignation of richard nicks sandon how the events unfolded 26 months earlier with the break-in at the watergate complex. a 26-month saga that morphed slowly into perhaps the greatest political catastrophe in american history and saw the only resignation ever of a u.s. president grew out of a small
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washington, d.c., office suite exactly 45 years ago. it was just after midnight on june 17, 1972, five burglars were caught red-handed by plainsclothes d.c. policemen in the offices of the democratic national committee. when they were arrested, the middle-aged suit-clad bandits held sophisticated communications and surveillance electronics, as well as large amounts of cash. and there's this 23r abc news. frank wills passed away in 2000, but was a security guard on duty june 17, 1972, how a piece of tape and an astute night watchman foiled the political crime of the century. so 45 years later, what do you think about the watergate break-in that ultimately led toed resignation of richard nixon, as well as the indictment and prison sentences of some of his top aides, bob allegedman, jon erlichman, john mitchell among others? john dean, who served as white house counsel from 1970 to 1973, reflected back in 2007 on
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the break-in and the ultimate coverup that led to nixon's resignation. >> they just knew that there was a huge disaster, but they thought that p.r. was the answer. i tried to dissuade them about it. i remember the first time i told ehrlichman that we were obstructing justice, and he said, john, there's something putrid in the water you're drinking in old town where you live. he didn't want to hear it. i said, john, you better listen, because we're on the other side of the law on this. >> what role do you think the president played in the coverup? >> well, it wouldn't have happened if he hadn't wanted it. he knew very well. when you go back -- he bases his defense on my march 21 conversation, when it all comes falling down, said before dean came in, i didn't know anything. actually, some of my conversations before march 21 are highly relevant, that i give him bits and pieces, i just happen to lay out and use that dramatic term that there's
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a cancer on your presidency in that talk. ut that's his defense. so when the tapes come out that he's talked to haldeman within days of the break-in about using the c.i.a. to block the f.b.i. investigation, you know, it decimates his defense. so he's clearly involved all the way along. host: john dean, who served as white house counsel until he was fired in april of 1973. if you go to cnn.com, some of the watergate fast facts have been posted on the cnn web sited. you can check it out at cnn.com. by the way, john dean is our guest on c-span's "the sidebar," our weekly podcast, and he reflects on exactly where he was 45 years ago, returning from the philippines, expected to stay in san francisco, but rushing back to washington when he got word about the break-in. his immediate words were, what did chuck get us into? the full podcast on our website
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at c-span.org. brian is first up, utah, independent line. good morning. caller: hey. is that you guys? host: yes, good morning, brian. caller: ok. i'm scared for our country. there's no water great crap going on right now. but the media, you know, you go throw a lie out, and then everybody runs with it, and it just -- it's just ridiculous that everybody hates trump. trump's trying to fix this mess we're in. the democrats, republicans, it's like the blood and the crips. let's just fight each other. and it just -- we're getting nowhere. you know, 250 years. damn -- what is it, damn, i can't think of it. they only last 250 years. every country, and then they fall. and we're at 240 years. if we don't start getting together, as a people, you know, america's going to be
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gone. america keeps everybody safe. host: brian from salt lake city. thanks for the call. from twitter, first, just think what nixon could have accomplished had he not been such a paranoid person. remember dick nixon, trump is no nixon. and this from michael, nixon was impeached for the coverup, not the break-in. this editorial from the "los angeles times," reflecting on the times we're at today and what we saw are 45 years ago. it's available online at latimes.com t. reads in part as ollows -- host: john in ohio, republican line. good morning. caller: good morning. yes, so i was actually -- i was
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a never trumper, but this whole thing of covering the 45th an very are you to the extent they're doing seems to be completely media-driven. and this is them pushing their agenda obviously to try to draw parallels, you mentioned it even in your opening. so this doesn't seem -- watching some of the specials, where they're rehashing interviews with g. gordon liddy, that was on abc friday night, it seems like they have an audience of one that they're trying to direct this to. host: fair enough, john. thanks for the call. let's go to brian from illinois. good morning, brian. caller: hi, good morning. i think watergate demonstrates that the best and brightest do not go into politics. i've heard that many places. both parties are infested with power-hungry people that only care about winning, and they will lie, cheat and steal to get the power, the attention,
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the adulation they want. that's all they care about is themselves. they're sociopaths, many of them. we should examine all the political corruption that's gone on in the last 100 years. i could go on and on, but the clintons are another family that did a lot of very slimy, crument things. hillary with her private email server and classified material on it that she said was ok. and our current president, all he cares about is himself and winning. if he lies, cheats and steals to win, he'll do it. that's i'm he cares about. he's a very dishonorable person. and it's a shame that he's in the white house right now. host: brian, thanks for the call. a lot of tweets coming in. this is from richard, who says the following, it sure feels like watergate today with president donald trump. the white house lawyering up both the president and the v.p.
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, referring to both getting lawyers. and they say getting outside counsel. politicians have learned from watergate what not to do to get caught. they aren't better simply at not getting caught. and there's this from park storm saying donald trump's alleged misdeeds with the russians make nixon and #watergate look quite insignificant. some other news on this sunday morning from "the new york post," the u.s.s. fitzgerald, which was damaged a couple of days ago, seven bodies have been found, the story available online at nypost.com. the bodies of those seven sailors missing after the predawn collision off the coast of japan on saturday have been found, confirmed by the navy. they were found in compartments below the water line that flooded when the collision tore a hole in the destroyer of the u.s.s. fitzgerald. they decides either from the impact or drowned when the seawater flooded the compartment. most of the approximately 300 sailors on the ship were asleep at the time. the navy says it will release the names of all the sailors after notifying family members.
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at least three crew members, including commander bryce benson, were injured. the fitzgerald, which managed to struggle back to base under its own power, had recently been participating in exercises in the sea of japan with a two u.s. carrier strike group, as well as japanese navy ships, according to reports. that this morning from "the new york post." and any new york city. good morning, republican line. caller: good morning. host: good morning. caller: i'm disappointed. trump is like nixon, and unfortunately i think he, in the near future, he will face impeachment. his fail sewer more than any president in american history. in near future, he would face impeachment. we saw that few days ago he went to regime that was among with him, to regime that loss
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of the people, children in and in iraq, in syria, it's against his hand. and i don't know why trump who is unfortunately, if near future he face impeachment i'm sure, and i'm very disappointed. i vote for him. thank you very much. host: thank you. of course, two presidents have been impeached, president johnson and president bill clinton. no, nixon was not impeached, but had he not resigned, he certainly would have been and removed from office. so continue to send us your tweets @cspanwj. caller: i was listening and i was thinking, i listen how when people call in. i always sit there and think, we complain when we send these
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people to washington, d.c., like with nixon. republican party at the time wasn't going to do anything until the tapes come out. it's the same thing going on now. everyone, when they get to washington, d.c., all they care about is their jobs, keep in power, don't care what no one say. it's about them taking care of the big corporations, the people who have money. we people send these people there, then when they do things tonight cry and complain about it. i tell everyone, grow up. you sent these people there, you put these people in power, then you praise them like they kings, deal with it. that's all i can tell them. host: thanks very much for the call. don from california, good morning, welcome to the conversation. 45 years after the watergate break-in, led to nixon leaving the presidency as our 37th president. what are your thoughts? caller: well, the only parallel
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that i see with watergate is the washington, d.c., elite with the help of the media trying to break into the white house and steal the presidency from a duly elected president. look at this mueller, this guy who they put in as an independent counsel who's supposed to be running a super secret investigation independent of everybody. he's already leaking like a sieve. we know his day-to-day activities, as long as those activities are something against trump. and you think this is some kind of coincidence? it's not. this is a coup against a sitting president. and the media is complicit in it. the washington, d.c., elite want it because he's taking power away from them, their power, their money, and they an't stand it. you know, i don't know what us people sitting out here in america are sitting here with our mouths open at this crime that's going on, and everybody
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up there where you're living up in washington, d.c., knows exactly what's happening, and you're not doing anything about it. host: don, i know the president has talked privately about firing robert mueller as the special counsel. should he? caller: i think he should. i don't care if congress, you know, appointing another counsel. but this guy, that place you live up there is so incestuous, i think he's the godfather of comey's children, this mueller. i mean, it's ridiculous how close -- everybody up there has to recuse themselves every time one of the other ones gets in trouble. you know, we're aghast out here. we can't stand the sight of washington, d.c. host: don from california, thanks for the call. nbc news reporting on the condition, we received an yu7 date late yesterday from the family of congressman steve scalise. he has been upgraded to serious condition from critical. the family saying he underwent
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an additional surgery on saturday and that he is now able to talk to his family members. the 51-year-old congressman represents the district in louisiana. he's also the house republican whip. he had previously been listed in critical condition. the rifle round causing severe bleeding, according to doctors on friday. he was admitted, where he faced the imminent risk of death, but again, better news for congressman steve scalise, who's been upgraded in a washington, d.c., hospital. one of our callers mentioning the nixon tapes. this is from december of 1972. you get a sense of president nixon's animosity toward "the washington post," which was leading the coverage of the watergate break-in and ultimately the coverup. >> there was no reporter today at the ceremony. there was a photographer there, but apparently they screwed up on their desk assignment today,
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and there was no reporter present. >> i want it clearly understood from that now on, ever, no reporter from "the washington post" is ever to be in the white house. is that clear? >> absolutely. >> that's a press conference. >> yes, sir. briefings here. >> everything. never, never in the white house. no church service. nothing. you tell connie, don't tell mr. nixon, because she'll approve it. no reporter from "the washington post" is ever to be in the white house again, and no photographer, either. no photographers. is that clear? >> yes, sir. >> none, ever, to be in. that is a total order. and if necessary, i'll fire you. you understand? >> i do understand. >> ok. all right. good. thank you. host: from the nixon tapes, december 1972. this is the 45th anniversary of the watergate break-in that took place on june 17 of that year.
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we welcome your calls. if you're listening on sirius x.m., the potus channel, give us a call at 202-748-8001, our line for republicans. 202-748-8000 for democrats. michael has this tweet, a few people under the age of 55 really have an understanding of what it was like during the watergate period. let's go to john in houston. good morning. caller: good morning. 'm 51 years old. i was listening to npr, national public radio, a couple of nights ago, and they were talking about the attorneys that robert mueller was adding to his team. there are about four or five of them that have, you know, money laundering experience, decades, decades of experience prosecuting people. i think they're going to take the whole trump family down. i think they're going to get the son-in-law, the daughters. i think they're going take -- i think they're going to take the whole bunch down.
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they are very serious, and they know what they're doing, i tell you what. i see newt gingrich getting all a at thisy, and kellyanne conway, you know, nobody is listening to begin begin begin anymore anyway. he's 20 years in the past. newt not going -- gingrich, been there, done that. host: newt gingrich is going to be our guest in a half-hour, so we hope you tune in. he's out with a new book, "understanding trump." he'll be with us at 7:45, 7:50 east coast time. air nick california, welcome to the conversation. caller: good morning, america. i have to somewhat laugh about this. we seem like we're stuck in time, suspended in time. this is what happens when you brave. when you have bad behavior, you get suspended in time. so welcome to suspension of time. i never thought that time would end like a "get smart" movie.
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remember the "get smart" comedy series with russian chaos? chaos has finally got into the white house, y'all. but it's all misinformation. soviet union was all fake information. it was based upon us building weapons of mass destruction, keeping us scared. and unfortunately, there's a generation that was feared, scared. they made these -- you can't get under, and fear nuclear bombs and stuff. it was all fake, to get us to buy weapons and sell weapons to the world, and now we get the russians. and they don't have no power. but the media wants to sell this game to us so we can stay focused on the news and everybody is making money. selling death. host: thanks very much for the phone. front page of "the washington post," the mistrial does not end the woes for bill cosby,
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above the fold. on the other side, hiring haunts the white house, the turmoil is bogging down an effort in recruiting inside the trump white house. the former counsel to the watergate investigation, and he said the following about congressional inquiries into a president or other illegal wrongdoing, it reads in part as ollows -- host: we'll go to kelly in georgia. good morning, independent line. 45th anniversary of the watergate break-in. go ahead, kelly. caller: yes. thank you for taking my call. one of the biggest things that i've noticed about watergate
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and what's going on now with trump, if you'll allow me a second, tapes were destroyed and everything. and now, they want to bring him up on obstruction of justice. has anybody back there in the hillary clinton investigation, did anybody ever demand a special counsel? because i can assure you, between loretta lynch and hillary clinton, bill clinton getting on that plane, i mean, it's just -- this country has a ned into -- it's not about we can y about -- disagree, but disagreeable, but at the same time, after
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everything that hillary clinton did, loretta lynch did, and all the times that barack obama went on the air and said, oh, there's nothing there, she did nothing wrong. or even with lerner, there's not a smidgeion, and from day one, there has been nothing but just to completely annihilate this president. and let's say y'all get y'all's way. let's say you impeach him. i guarantee it, it wouldn't stop there. y'all would then go after mike pence. thank you. but there's a huge difference. quotation of tapes and trump has a way of
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making y'all feel uncomfortable. and from what i could tell, why did james comey not -- why did he not tell what loretta lynch did throughout -- why did oretta lynch not be brought up under a special counsel, the whole hillary thing? host: thanks for the call. this is from "the hill" newspaper. you mentioned the former attorney general, loretta lynch, senate republicans are clamoring to hear from loretta lynch after the former f.b.i. director james comey raising concerns about her involvement in the hillary clinton email investigation. republicans on the senate judiciary committee are seizing on comey's testimony earlier this month that he was concerned over the former attorney general telling the f.b.i. to refer the clinton investigation as a matter, which resembled the clinton campaign line. the move could allow
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republicans to attempt to pivot away from the investigation into russia's election meddling, which top g.o.p. lawmakers have signaled belongs to the intelligence committee, and instead focus on loretta lynch, who's long been a target of republicans. senator john cornyn, the number two senate republican from texas, a member of both intelligence and judiciary, saying, "it would be very helpful for lynch to testify before the judiciary panel," which oversees the justice department. again, that this morning from "the hill" newspaper. john in philadelphia, independent line. good morning. caller: good morning. thank you for having me. as this seems like a kind of trump trying to get attention. as usual, trump seems to be like the big baby who needs more attention, the tweets, all that stuff, and actually, this is a boring topic.
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it would be more interesting to talk about the baseball field and what happened there. that's a sad experience. it happened the other day, and donald trump is just looking for attention. i don't think this is going to go anywhere. it's a waste of taxpayer money. that's all we keep doing is wasting money and not looking like what happened to infrastructure, what happened to all these plans that he was supposed to make, and what are we going to do when the next president runs for president? we're looking at the rock going to be president? it's just spiraling like the times. the generation, the generations, and trump is just looking for a lot of attention. when i got to the booth, i was trump, hillary, trump, hillary, and decided, hey, they had already -- hillary won by three million votes. what is going on in america?
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it's out of control. anybody has control of the driver's seat anymore. host: john, thanks for the call. we'll go to james next, joining us from texas, republican line. good morning. caller: good morning, c-span. thank you, steve. i remember watergate. it brings a real sadness back to me again. that and when the police set the dogs upon the coloreds down in alabama back in the 1960's. i'd like to say to eric from california that we're not stuck in time. we're pretty much running out of time. and i think that there's going to be blood shed again in the nation, and then we're going to have states start is he secession. and i wish everybody would understand that the special
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terests inside the beltway are not going to be or temporary, and that everybody should do the best they can to tell their state governments to ave the federal government and try to do what england is doing with the brexit in europe. host: james from texas, thanks for the call. c-span3 is american history tv traveling to yorba linda, california, and the nixon library. tim with a tour that includes a new exhibit looking at the watergate break-in and the events that unfolded 45 years ago. >> the gallery has really two main sides. on the left is a time line, and i'll walk you through that,
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which pacifically takes you from the starting point that i believe is important for understanding watergate, through the president's resignation and his pardon, pardoning by president gerald r. ford. on the right-hand side, we're focusing on some key themes, things that we know that visitors will probably be really interested in knowing more about. we also have a watergate resource center, where you can dip into the oral history, many of the oral history that is we conducted in order to build this gallery. let me tell you a little bit about the preparatory work we did. i believed, as i came here, that it was really important that the visitor to the watergate gallery learn about watergate from the people who were there. there's no better way to feel part of history than to connect with those who were important
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at the time. many people alive today who played pivotal roles in the watergate story. host: from the nixon library in yorba linda, california, and the new exhibit that focuses on the resignation of richard nixon. front page of today's new york times is focusing on general michael flynn, and the headline, "flynn's disdain for limits led to a legal mire," how after he was fired by the obama white house in 2014 led to his own private business and also his involvement in the trump campaign. now his legal troubles continue as the investigation continues on capitol hill. within the last hour, president trump has been tweeting yet again. here's what he's been telling his followers, "the make america great again agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the witch hunt, many new jobs, high business enthusiasm," writes president trump, massive regulation cuts, 36 new legislation bills
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signed, great new supreme court justice, and infrastructure, healthcare and tax cuts in the works. that from president trump. he goes, the new rasmussen poll, one of the most accurate of the 2016 campaign, just out with a trump 50% approval rating. that's higher than obama's numbers. president trump, who is at camp david, and that tweet within the last hour at 6:38 eastern time. howard from ridgefield, connecticut, democrats line. good morning. caller: good morning. what really hits me when i look at this is, back in watergate, republicans were defending the president, and, of course, there was reason to believe that there was something going wrong, and it turns out that there was. but in this case, why are republicans defending him so much when there's obvious evidence? yes, the russians obviously tried to interfere with our elections, because they believe trump is the guy that's going
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to help them. he's the guy who's going to fix everything, or at least try. and there's no evidence to support that. none of the plans that he's putting forth are plans that would help the middle class, in point of fact. this is clear to me as an old economics major. and no economist really -- no mainstream economist believes that. it's like nearly unanimous. the university of chicago runs polls of a panel, a balanced panel, republicans, democrats, old, young, and they asked them questions from time to time. they ask them the question, is the trump 100-day plan, which is basically include all these things, would that be good for the middle class? the answer, from the economist, came back zero percent. not one. and that to me seems very evident, and possibly people listening to fox news it seems
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bizarre. but it knows that a tax plan helps the rich. the health plan is really, you know, a way to give tax cuts to the rich. it doesn't do anything to improve efficiency of the healthcare plan. nothing. i mean, and no tougher trade deal is not something that any republican, democrat, conservative, no economist believes that that would help our economy at all. host: howard from connecticut, thanks for the call. mr. trump's dangerous indifference, a look into the russia investigation. the president's tweets and comments is the editorial this morning in the "new york times." former director of national intelligence, james clapper, has also been weighing in on any parallels between where we're at today and what we saw 45 years ago. t reads in part as follows --
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host: one of our viewers saying, we may need to take a road trip. the new exhibit on watergate, yorba linda, california. let's go to deborah, joining us from florida. good morning, republican line. caller: hello. host: good morning. caller: yes, a previous caller had said that nobody listens to newt gingrich. that's not true. i listened to him for years, and he really explains things very well. he's got a good grasp on things. and as far as the watergate investigation goes, i think he needs to get rid of mueller, because that definitely is a collect of interest there.
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i don't know why people can't see that. he's very tight with comey, and as far as comey goes, his testimony about what trump said to him, that's a he said-she said. and comey has been caught in lies before. i mean, he lied for loretta lynch, so it was a matter inside of an investigation. that's a line. i mean, i don't know, that's all i had to say. host: thanks. it is robert mueller, by the way. i have some have pronounced mueller it, but the correct proceed nugs asian is robert mueller, special counsel looking into any involvement between the trump campaign, trump associates, the president, and the russian government. roob either mueller served as the -- robert mueller served as the f.b.i. director. he was replaced by james comey, who was fired by the president earlier this year. the president also with another tweet. the photograph this morning in the "new york times" says the bodies found on that damaged navy ship, the u.s.s. fitzgerald, and this from the
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president, thoughts and prayers with the sailors of the u.s.s. fitzgerald and their families. thank you to our japanese allies for their assistance. that from the president. seven confirmed dead in that accident with a merchant ship off the coast of japan. abe from southern pines, north carolina, democrats line, good morning. caller: good morning. yeah, i'd like to just say, merica, we better wake up. mr. trump, i know we voted for him for president, i didn't, but he's our president. ut there's too many things that's too disturbing, every week, every month. we have a problem with this guy. you know, the watergate scandal, that was bad. i truly believe that this
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presidency and whatever is going on is a lot worser than watergate. host: abe, thank you for the call. this is from "time" magazine, and the life returning back to normal, at least a semblance of normalcy, in the del ray neighborhood of alexandria, virginia, the shooting and the risks of political outrage from michael, the scene of the practice that turned into a deadly scene. the shooter was killed, five injured, including congressman steve scalise, who's been upgraded to serious condition from critical overnight. that statement from his family. james in georgia, republican line. good morning. caller: good morning, steve. you know what? i think this whole watergate scheme is just a part of the never trumpers. the thing that really bothers me, and this goes with republicans as well, donald
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trump won with 270 electoral votes. that means the people wanted donald trump to be president. now, you had a listener that called in a few moments ago from connecticut, and he didn't have anything to say about watergate. he didn't have anything to say about what the people did to put trump in there. all he was simply saying was, he was an economist. he knew better what was best for the united states. and, see, this is the problem. the people in washington, the people in d.c., they know better than everybody else. everybody out here is trying to take care of their family. what obama was doing and what hillary clinton was going to continually do was not going to be what the people in america wanted to take care of their family. this whole thing about this watergate, this is a never
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trumper thing. and trump won with over 270 votes. and the people there just let people come on and keep going on and on and on about that. that's the problem. it's the news media. it's the people that you bring on your station. nobody talks about trump won. the people wanted trump. and so all this other stuff, they just need to wait until four years is over and vote whoever they want in there. other than that, this man won. and only thing this stuff is doing is tearing down all of the institution. host: james from georgia, thanks for the call. more on the shooting suspect from the "new york times," the horrific death of his foster daughter is outlined in great deal in the "new york times." the headline before the fatal shooting in virginia, a home life in turmoil. a home life of turmoil in illinois, and more details
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about his family life and his troubled background, it's the front page story, also available online at nytimes.com. darren is joining us near washington, d.c. good morning. welcome to the program. caller: good morning. thanks for having me this morning. yeah, i wasn't alive during that time, but i read about it. t from what i read, the best thing about it was our american institutions. you know, they held up. with the f.b.i., the courts, you know, no matter what nixon was trying to do, eventually he was caught and found out. because of our institution. i wasn't a trump supporter. i wasn't a hillary supporter. i think that, yeah, the democrats would have won if they had a better candidate than hillary clinton. i do want to touch on our
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institution. i think trump would do a lot better if he was civil, if he chose civility, but he does not choose civility ever single day. he won by attacking everybody. even in his own party, from little marco to lying -- you know, he had a name for everybody. he tore people down to build himself up, and now he wants people to be civil. it doesn't work like that. but i will tell people to just have faith in our institutions, our f.b.i., our courts. no matter who the president is, no matter who you're voting for, our institutions will stop them from overreaching. and one last thing i'd like to add is, the other good thing that's come out of trump winning is i've never seen this level of people being engaged in politics in my whole entire life. people are just come out of the
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wood work who, you know, they'd rather watch the kardashians on tv or whatever. they're actually out there going to political events, learning about who their school board members are, who their local congress people are, you know, so i think that's a great thing. we had the lowest voting total in 20 years the last election,, so you know, people don't -- yeah, i don't get people wrapped up on trump winning, like our country is just -- it's terrible that we would vote this guy in. host: thanks very much for the call. this is from vivian to those who say there's no evidence of collusion, republicans would not be investigating trump if there was nothing there. from april 30, 1973, president nixon talks about watergate, some of his key aides, including jon erlichman and bob haldeman, were let go. >> as the new attorney general,
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i have today named elliot richardson, a man of unimpeachable integrity and rigorously high principle. i have directed him to do everything necessary to ensure that the department of justice has the confidence and the trust of every law-abiding erson in this country. i have given him absolute authority to make all the decisions bearing upon the prosecution of the watergate case and related matters. i have instructed him that if he should consider appropriate, he has the authority to name a special sprfing prosecutor for matters arising out of the ase. whatever may appear to have been the case before, whatever improper activities may yet be discovered in connection with this whole sordid affair, i
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want the american people, i want you to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that during my term as president, justice will be pursued fairly, fully and impartially. no matter who's involved. this office is a sacred trust. and i am determined to be worthy of that trust. floip april 1973, richard nixon talking about watergate. of course, it was on this weekend 45 years ago the break-in took place at the watergate complex here in washington, d.c. this headline from politico.com, the georgia special elections hurdles toward a nail-biting finish. the voting taking place on tuesday. joining us on the phone is dan lippman, reporter and co-author of politico's playbook. we'll talk about the week ahead

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