Three prominent legal experts are asking a court to order the release of a secret report on the Watergate scandal, in hopes it could serve as a framework for special counsel Robert Mueller, The New York Times is reporting.
Benjamin Wittes, the editor in chief of Lawfare; Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law School professor and Stephen Bates, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas law professor, petitioned a court on Friday for the report’s release.
A copy of the court petition was posted by the Times.
Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski had sent the report, often referred to as the “Road Map” to Congress. It contained the evidence he had gathered about President Richard Nixon’s misconduct and described evidence and cited testimony and tapes. However, it did not contain any legal analysis or recommendations about whether Nixon committed an impeachable offense, the newspaper said.
In court filings, the three legal experts say it could serve as a framework for special Mueller when he prepares to wrap up his Russia investigation.
“Not only does the Road Map carry immense historical significance in understanding the Watergate investigation, it provides a key precedent for assessing the appropriate framework for special counsel Mueller to report to Congress any findings of potentially unlawful conduct by President Trump,” the petition says. John Dean, the White House counsel for Nixon, also is pushing for the report’s release, Lawfare reported.
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