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Howard Henry Baker Jr. dies at 88; key player in Watergate hearings
Howard Henry Baker Jr. dies at 88; key player in Watergate hearings

Howard Henry Baker Jr., a respected Washington insider who played a pivotal role in the Watergate hearings in 1973, has died. He was 88. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the death on the Senate floor. The former Republican senator from Tennessee had many leading roles in his long career in government, including White House chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan and U.S. ambassador to Japan. 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...

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