Bob Woodward talks Watergate legacy, impeachment inquiry in Sioux City speech

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward was one of the two reporters at the Washington Post to uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972. Woodward was in Sioux City, Wednesday night, to deliver the annual Waitt Lecture on the Morningside College campus.

Woodward believes we are in one of “the most dangerous periods in this country.” He’s referring to the intractable positions staked out by both political parties over the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Woodward says, Democrats, and the president, are “dug in”.

It’s history Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward never thought he’d see repeated. “When Nixon resigned in August of 1974, voluntarily, I thought ‘well, that’s the last impeachment investigation I see’,” said Bob Woodward, Washington Post Associate Editor. “Then there as Clinton and Trump, two more.”

Wednesday night, Woodward talked about the relevance of the Watergate investigation as the House opens its impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. “It’s part of the history, the procedure, the tone,” said Woodward. Woodward said the Watergate investigation took months… from Senate’s vote to establish an investigative committee in February of 1973, to August of 1973 when the Watergate hearings ended.

Woodward hopes for the same deliberate focus should the impeachment inquiry against President Trump go forward. “Presumably, we’re gonna have a serious investigation… I think it’s important that it be serious,” Woodward said. “Fair-minded.”

Woodward urged the same of the media covering the inquiry in the age of what he called “the impatience and speed of the internet”. “Slow it down, be more meticulous in getting information, verifying it,” Woodward said.

Woodward co-authored the book “All The Presidents Men” with Carl Bernstein, which became a best-seller, and was turned into a movie of the same name. Woodward has written books about nine presidents. Right now, he’s working on the follow-up to his 2018 release “Fear: Trump In The White House.”

Matt Breen

Matt Breen

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