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  •  Sorry, got the date wrong. I do not know when she (9+ / 0-)

    gave this speech.

    •  she gave it on 25 July 1974 and I remember it well (9+ / 0-)

      the speech is from the beginning of the House Judiciary Committee hearings.  As a junior member she was one of the very last to speak.    It was almost 2:00 in the morning when she finally took the mic.  But the next day the whole country knew who she was.

      transcript and audio here from the website American Rhetoric: Top 100 political speeches of the 20th century.

      Even after 40 years I remember the pride I felt to see her on TV, so eloquent, so powerful, with that magnificent voice.

      the famous part of the speech:

      My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total. And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.
      my favorite part (it still can give me goosebumps):
      What that recital of the evidence this morning did not include is what the President DID know on June the 23rd, 1972.

      The President DID know that it was Republican money, that it was money from the Committee for the Re-Election of the President, which was found in the possession of one of the burglars arrested on June the 17th.

      What the President DID know on the 23rd of June, was the prior activities of E. Howard Hunt, which included his participation in the break-in of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, which included Howard Hunt's participation in the Dita Beard ITT affair, which included Howard Hunt's fabrication of cables designed to discredit the Kennedy Administration.

      We were further cautioned today that perhaps these proceedings ought to be delayed because certainly there would be new evidence forthcoming from the President of the United States.

      There has not even been an obfuscated indication that this committee would receive any additional materials from the President.

      The committee subpoena is outstanding, and if the President wants to supply that material, the committee sits here.

      The fact is that on yesterday, the American people waited with great anxiety for eight hours, not knowing whether their President would obey an order of the Supreme Court of the United States.

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 02:46:55 PM PDT

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