Press Club Panel on Saturday Night Massacre - Oct. 17

Oct 10, 2013, 21:23 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the National Press Club:


WHAT: 40th Anniversary of Watergate's "Saturday Night Massacre"

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club

WHO:  Supreme Court Justice Stephan Breyer, who was on Archibald Cox's staff; Former Assistant Attorney General Bill Ruckelshaus; Washington Post Watergate reporter Bob Woodward; Philip Heymann, who was Archibald Cox's deputy; James Doyle, who was Cox's press secretary, Jill Wine-Banks, the only female trial lawyer on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

The panel will be moderated by Gil Klein, chairman of the Club's History and Heritage Committee and by Ken Gormley, a Duquesne University law professor who has written extensively about Archibald Cox.

WHY:  As the Watergate investigation zeroed in on President Nixon, he ordered on Oct. 20, 1973 that Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox be fired. Attorney General Elliott Richardson and Ruckelshaus refused to carry out the order and resigned. The job fell to Solicitor General Robert Bork.

The ensuing backlash of public opinion engulfed Nixon, and his presidency never recovered before he was forced to resign the following August. The Saturday Night Massacre remains a pivotal moment in modern American history, which demonstrated that even the president is not above the law.

This historic program will bring together key figures in these events who will share recollections of the tense days in October of 1973 and discuss the impact that the Saturday Night Massacre and Watergate have had on America's system of laws and government.

Media wishing to cover this event should contact: Gil Klein,, 703-338-2721

SOURCE National Press Club