Conyers office issued the
"As the world now knows, Mr. Felt disclosed this
week that he was the confidential source known as Deep
Throat. As one who was a first hand witness to Watergate,
I can only state humbly that Mr. Felt helped bring our
country back from the brink of a constitutional crisis
and an out-of-control White House.
"Quite frequently, it is courageous whistle blowers
such as Mr. Felt who are responsible for disclosing
corruption in our government. I have no doubt that,
absent Mr. Felt's involvement, we would never have learned
about the illegalities and obstruction of justice at
the highest levels of our government, up to and including
"Our nation owes Mr. Felt our gratitude. He was
a courageous public servant who risked his career to
expose wrongdoing, and he was a model agent and administrator.
I therefore believe it is altogether fitting and proper
that Mr. Felt's service be commemorated and honored
by the Congress with the Resolution that I plan to introduce
when Congress reconvenes next week.
"With this latest revelation, I am reminded that
the lessons of Watergate are eerily important today.
Back than we had an aggressive press corps, men of courage,
such as Mark Felt, John Dean, Leon Jaworski and Archibald
Cox, who were willing to challenge authority. Back then
we had a Justice Department that was willing to take
an investigation wherever it would lead and a Congress
that was willing to hold real hearings and conduct real
oversight of official misconduct.
"Today it is unclear who will step up to the plate
to expose the wrongdoing of the current administration."