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Briefcase: Watergate vs. Mueller Investigation

Guest: Arnold Rochvarg

Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign might prompt some to compare it to the Watergate investigation of Nixon’s 1972 campaign.
Arnold Rochvarg, visiting professor with The University of Houston Law Center, served on the legal team for a Watergate defendant and analyzed the comparisons.

“Both involve acts which were allegedly aimed at influencing the electoral process,” Professor Rochvarg said. “And in both matters, there was allegedly talk of pardons to hide the truth.”

But Rochvarg says there are differences. “To my understanding, Watergate did not involve allegations that Nixon would benefit financially from his wrongdoing,” he said. “That could still be an open question with Trump.  It’s still too early to draw too many comparisons between the two cases, since Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign is still ongoing.”

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