Cable airing '74 hearings on Nixon


With serious talk of impeachment on people's lips for the second time in less than 25 years, leave it to History Channel to show us the context.

Beginning today, the cable channel will broadcast 25 hours of the 1974 House Judiciary Committee hearings on charges against Richard Nixon stemming from the Watergate burglary and subsequent cover-up.

Besides committee chairman Peter Rodino and Maryland congressman (now senator) Paul Sarbanes, a host of familiar faces can be seen in the 24-year-old footage, including several who could figure prominently in any similar proceedings against President Clinton.

Those would include committee members Trent Lott, now Senate majority leader, and William Cohen, now secretary of defense. Also seen on the tape is Hillary Rodham, who served as counsel to the Democratic members of the committee.

The committee voted three articles of impeachment against Nixon, who resigned before a vote could be taken by the entire House.

"Impeaching a President: Richard M. Nixon," which uses original footage from CBS News, will run daily through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., then be repeated from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Roger Mudd, CBS News congressional correspondent during the hearings, and today's counterpart, Bob Schieffer, will serve as hosts.

Pub Date: 9/28/98

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