A former adviser to Richard Nixon during the Watergate era will deliver a lecture Friday on the second floor of the Gordon Dining and Events Center.
His talk, “Crossing the Line: Watergate, the Criminal Law and Ethics,” will elaborate on the choices he made regarding his involvement in the Watergate scandal as they relate to professional ethics of law.
Although John Dean was not involved in the Watergate break-in, he was deeply complicit with the cover-up scandal. His knowledge about the administration’s criminal activity made him a key witness for the prosecution in the Senate Watergate hearings.
Dean, who called the Watergate scandal “a cancer on the presidency,” planned on confessing in 1973. However, a meeting in which Nixon offered considerable financial incentives convinced him to change his mind and postpone, according to a university release.
The free event will be open to the public and will start at 4 p.m.