This is my third impeachment. This is what I’ve learned.

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Opinion

October 1, 2019 - 10:06 AM

In 1973, as a student journalist, I stood against the back wall of the ornate Senate Caucus Room and scribbled notes as the Senate Watergate Committee held hearings on the tangled misdeeds of President Nixon.

I listened as John W. Dean, Nixon’s former counsel, said he had warned of “a cancer on the presidency.”

In 1999, as a Times reporter, I stood in the Senate Press Gallery and watched senators solemnly pronounce their verdicts in the impeachment trial of President Clinton, including, on one count, a carefully choreographed 50-50 tie.

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