Howard Henry Baker Jr., a respected Washington insider who played a pivotal role in the Watergate hearings in 1973, has died. He was 88.
The former Republican senator from Tennessee had many leading roles in his long career in government, including
But Baker, who forged a life of consensus in a capital known for contention, is best remembered for the one question he asked of witnesses during the Watergate hearings: "What did the president know, and when did he know it?"
The answers doomed the presidency of
Baker later revealed that, at first, he believed in Nixon's innocence, but changed his mind as evidence accumulated of White House involvement in the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington.
News of Baker's death drew immediate reaction from colleagues, many of whom also knew and served with his wife, a former senator from Kansas.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of one of the Senate’s most towering figures: