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Watergate Assistant Special Prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste To Discuss Watergate after 40 years, NOVA-Loudoun, Oct. 30

WHO: Former Watergate Assistant Special Prosecutor, Richard Ben-Veniste

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

WHERE: Waddell Theatre, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun, 21200 Campus Dr., Sterling, Va.

WHAT: Forty Years After Watergate: What was all the Fuss About?

Northern Virginia Community College’s Loudoun Campus welcomes Watergate Assistant Special Prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste who will share his own perspective of the presidential scandal as we near the 40th anniversary of Watergate. Ben-Veniste will discuss what it all meant, as well as his experience in the midst of this unprecedented chapter in American History. Four decades have passed since President Richard Nixon left office in disgrace. With the benefit of hindsight and the expanded record of Nixon’s White House taping system, we are able to reconsider the evidence and judge for ourselves whether the constitutional crisis precipitated by the uncovering of Nixon’s crimes warranted the unprecedented resignation of a sitting president.

During the mid-1970s, Ben-Veniste served as one of the lead prosecutors on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He has been a key figure in some of the nation’s most significant governmental activities. From 1995 to 1996, he acted as Chief Counsel (Minority) of the Senate Whitewater Committee; from 1976 to 1977, he was Special Outside Counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on Governmental Operations; and from 1973 to 1975, he held the position of Chief of the Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Watergate Task Force. From 2003 to 2004, Ben-Veniste served as one of ten commissioners on the bipartisan 9-11 Commission. Since 2009, he has served as a member of the Aspen Security Group, a task force created by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to provide analysis and advice to the Secretary. Most recently, Ben-Veniste has been appointed to the NSA Advisory Board legal panel, providing advice to the Director of NSA and its office of General Counsel. He is currently a partner in the D.C. office of Mayer Brown.

This event is part of the “NOVA Loudoun is 40” series of events. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free.

Media Contacts: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.