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Watergate Lawyer John Dean to Give Talk on Presidential Powers Oct. 29

Lecture will also feature presidential historian and author James Robenalt

Following the 1972 Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up by President Richard M. Nixon, the powers of the Presidency have been the subject of much discussion. As a result, both Congress and the Supreme Court have attempted to place limits on the influence of the White House. Over 40 years later, President Donald Trump is testing the limits of presidential power more than any president since Nixon.

On Monday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Monmouth University will host Watergate lawyer John Dean and presidential historian and author James Robenalt for a conversation on presidential powers, discussing and comparing Presidents Nixon and Trump.

John Dean is well known for his historic role as the White House counsel to President Richard Nixon and for his role in the impeachment and resignation of the disgraced former President. Dean has continued his career as an author, speaker and commentator on public issues and is a frequent commentator on CNN. His books include “Blind Ambition,” “Conservatives without Conscience,” and “The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It.”

James Robenalt, Esq. is an accomplished author, historian, and attorney. His books include “January 1973: Watergate, Roe V. Wade,” “Vietnam,” “The Month That Changed America Forever,” “The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War,” and his most recent book, “Ballots or Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland.”

This free event is a part of the H.R. Young and Stephen B. Siegel Endowed Lecture Series and is open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please contact Theresa Lowy at 732-571-4412 or