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Samuel Dash (1925-2004) served as chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, while on a leave of absence from the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center. That Committee, chaired by Senator Sam Ervin (D-N.C.), included a 1939 Georgetown Law School graduate, Senator Joseph M. Montoya (D-N.M.) Among Dash’s staff were five Georgetown Law School graduates or students: Robert McNamara and Mark Biros, 1973 graduates; Mike Frisch and Gail Waller, third year students; and Patrick O’Leary, a second year student. When asked in late 1974 what the country should learn from Watergate, Dash responded: “Initially, what we should learn from Watergate is that it can happen here. We could come close to losing our democracy and our free society. I believe that the persons involved in the Watergate - those in the White House who were its primary leaders - did not believe in our government or our free society. They saw dissent and differences of opinion as disloyalty.”
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