#1 Howard H. Baker Jr. dies at 88; respected Washington insider by Frank Cannon 26.06.2014 23:14



The guy behind giving away the Panama Canal and stopping Reagans push to shut down the Dept of Education died. Oh well.....

"I know you hate Negroes Bob, but I love your Leftist America crippling ideas...."

Howard H. Baker Jr., the Republican senator from Tennessee who framed the question that cut to the heart of the official inquiry into the Watergate scandal, died Thursday, four days after a stroke. He was 88.

His death at his home in Huntsville, Tenn., was announced by a spokeswoman at his Memphis law firm, Baker Donelson, where he had been senior counsel.

A moderate Republican with bipartisan skill, Baker played many leading roles in his long government career, including White House chief of staff for President Reagan and later U.S. ambassador to Japan. But he was most famous for the one question he asked of witnesses during the 1973 Watergate hearings: "What did the president know, and when did he know it?"

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