From an apostle to senators to famous inventors, several Latter-day Saints played an important part in Watergate as they helped expose the truth about one of America's worst political scandals.
On January 14, 2019, Elder Christofferson will join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward in an unprecedented event as they speak about what they have learned about integrity and trust in public life from Watergate and beyond. In honor of this Deseret News event, we wanted to share some Latter-day Saint connections to Watergate.
When people think of major political scandals that reach the highest levels of government in the United States, Latter-day Saint apostles don't often come to mind. But during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s, Elder D. Todd Christofferson played a key role in the trial that ultimately led to the end of a presidency.
When men were caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office complex on June 17, 1972, the burglars' trials revealed a series of questionable connections and scandals that connected back to the president of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon. Among these were tapes recorded in the White House, infamously dubbed the Nixon tapes, that Judge John Sirica ordered Nixon to hand over on Aug 29, 1973. From these tapes, Judge Sirica and his law clerk, D. Todd Christofferson, learned that the political corruption inherent in this case reached far and wide within the White House.
Elder Christofferson wasn't the only Latter-day Saint who helped in the trial, however. From reporters to senators to famous inventors, several Latter-day Saints played an important part in Watergate as they helped expose the truth to the American people.