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By Michael P. Orsi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Richard Ben-Veniste
Forty years of investigation, reporting, trials, debate and historical research have yielded no simple answer to how a clumsy raid of an office in the Watergate building that Nixon's spokesman termed a "third-rate burglary" became a titanic constitutional struggle and led to his resignation.
"The system worked," Ben-Veniste said. "But the system would not have worked had not the president taped himself."
Former Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste says if Nixon hadn't been forced by the Supreme Court to hand over his tapes, with their "smoking gun" of self-incrimination, things might have turned out differently.