Senator Howard Baker, Jr.

What Did Exxon Know and When Did It Know It?


The phrase, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” was popularized by the late Senator Howard Baker (R, Tennessee) during the Senate Watergate Committee’s investigation of the burglary of the Democratic National Headquarters. Oddly enough, it was intended to be a defensive question, to insulate President Richard Nixon from the growing scandal.…