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  • The weekend Watergate unraveled: Bob Woodward and John Dean on Ben Bradlee and the still-missing tape

    Jonathan Karl, Richard Coolidge and Jordyn Phelps at Power Players1 day ago

    Politics Confidential

    While Bob Woodward was bringing the details of the Watergate scandal to light for the Washington Post 41 years ago, then-White House Counsel John Dean was the self-declared “linchpin” of President Richard Nixon’s cover-up of the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters.

    But in a rare interview, the two men -- who essentially played opposite roles in the scandal -- sat down with “Politics Confidential” to offer new details about the Watergate cover-up and remember the late Ben Bradlee.

    Bradlee, the legendary former Washington Post executive editor whose funeral is Wednesday, presided over the paper during its historic coverage of the Watergate scandal.

    “What was powerful about him he was fact driven, what are the facts,” Woodward said of Bradlee. “He used to say, ‘I don't give an ass who the president is, let's find out what's going on.’ And he was always suspicious that the official version wasn't correct, and so it was a curiosity-driven enterprise.”

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