Part 3: Robert Bork, Solicitor General, Watergate

The Prosecutor and The Presidency

Part I: The Rule of Law, Oath of Office & To Tell The Truth, Perjury vs Lying

Part I Trailer

Duration: 1:31

Hon. Shirley Hufstedler: Intro to Prosecutor and The Presidency

Duration: 17:21

According to Judge Hufstedler, starting with the Special Prosecutor and morphing into the Independent Counsel rule, the statute has gone too far. The Dept. of Justice has all the necessary tools to investigate criminal acts by a sitting President without these hindrances.

Elliot Richardson: Part 1

Duration: 25:24

Former Attorney General Richardson explains why, when ordered by President Nixon, he resigned rather than fire Special Prosecutor Cox

Richard Kleindienst: Part 1

Duration: 24:34

Former U.S. Attorney General Richard Kleindienst resigned after “the worst year of my life” in the middle of the Watergate furor when the Nixon tapes came out. He defines the law regarding perjury.

Edwin Meese III: Part 1

Duration: 24:55

Former Attorney General Meese discusses suing the President, immigration, and the importance of the Oath of Office.

Richard Thornburgh: Part 1

Duration: 25:38

Attorney General Thornburgh defines the Rule of Law and claims that law enforcement has very little discretion as to which laws shall be enforced.

Lawrence Walsh: Part 1

Duration: 23:36

Judge Walsh claims appellate court judges often overstep their authority; that the Oath of Office establishes the gravity of the proceedings, and Ken Starr misused his office in pursing the Lewinsky matter.

Benjamin Civiletti: Part 1

Duration: 24:59

Former U.S. Attorney General Civiletti identifies one of the main problems with the Independent Counsel statute was the scope of the investigation. Allegations of wrongdoing from Whitewater led Independent Counsel Ken Starr to widen his scope in the Clinton investigation.

Archibald Cox: Part 1

Duration: 23:21

Special Prosecutor Cox explains the Rule of Law and a defines perjury.

Robert B. Fiske: Part 1

Duration: 26:16

Whitewater Prosecutor Fiske claims the Oath of Office is less binding than the oath to tell the truth in court. Public officials cannot be sued for policy issues, but can be for perjury.

Part II: The Special Prosecutor Process

Part II Trailer

Duration: 1:44

Elliot Richardson: Part 2

Duration: 25:14

Former Attorney General Richardson claims that Kenneth Starr should never have been appointed as the prosecutor in an independent counsel role and that the Clinton investigation got out of control.

Richard Kleindienst: Part 2

Duration: 24:27

Former U.S. Attorney General Richard Kleindienst claims that the Independent Counsel, as an adjunct of the Department of Justice has not worked.

Edwin Meese III: Part 2

Duration: 23:30

Edwin Meese III: Part 3

Duration: 25:11

Lawrence Walsh: Part 2

Duration: 25:12

Richard Thornburgh: Part 2

Duration: 23:52

Attorney General Thornburgh opposes the independent counsel law passed in 1978. He claims the US Attorney General represents both the People and the President.

Archibald Cox: Part 2

Duration: 22:26

Special Prosecutor Cox explains the one fatal flaw in the independent counsel arrangement.

Benjamin Civiletti: Part 2

Duration: 25:50

Former U.S. Attorney General Civiletti explains that the Special Prosecutor process is extremely difficult, as it should be. The ultimate safety against a rogue executive lies with the Congress and House of Representatives, which has the full power to investigate serious violations of the duty by the President.

Robert B. Fiske: Part 2

Duration: 24:17

Part III: The Forum

Part III Trailer

Duration: 3:21

What Role Has The Media Played in Presidential Investigations?

Duration: 28:09

Because investigations by any prosecutor is supposed to be confidential, the panelists agree that the unanswerable attacks on the prosecutors by the media creates extreme difficulty.

Part IV: Lessons Learned

Part IV Trailer

Duration: 2:35

Part V: Why It Didn’t Work

Part V Trailer

Duration: 1:51

Edwin Meese III: Why It Didn’t Work

Duration: 25:11

Former U.S. Attorney General Meese explains why he thinks that the Independent Counsel has has not worked and was flawed from the start.

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