Watergate, HP and the FCPA

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It has been many years since Watergate and the many lasting legacies which occurred from that break-in of the Democratic National Committee. Indeed one of those legacies is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) itself. This article will focus on one of the more mundane legacies, that of the “Watergate deposition”, which was, for those of us who were riveted by the hearings of the Erwin Committee in the summer of 1973, one of the most memorable episodes when Committee Co-Chair Howard Baker asked the question “What did the President know and when did he know it?”. This question would appear to be quite relevant today in relation to the current FCPA investigation of Hewlett-Packard (HP) and German and Russian investigations all involving alleged bribes paid by HP for the sale of computer hardware that were to be used by the office of the prosecutor general of the Russian Federation.

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