Book Bash: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”


By Matt Dornic 

At Ellen and Gerry Sigal’s book party for 9/11 Commissioner and Mayer Brown Partner Richard Ben-Veniste, talk veered from Obama’s mission to the Middle East to Watergate (Ben-Veniste was chief prosecutor). His new book, The Emperor’s New Clothes, covers five riveting cases with which Ben-Veniste was associated and the Sigals’ living room looked like Kennedy Center Honors. From Congress, former Senators Ted Stevens and Paul Sarbanes, Congresswoman Jane Harmon and Congressman John Dingell and lobbyist wife Debbie. Media wunderkinds included Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman, Sam Donaldson, Daniel Schorr, Nina Totentenberg, Elizabeth Drew, Kim Eisler (Washingtonian) and the New York Times Neil Lewis. Lewis found plenty of time to chat with Senator Stevens’ wife Catherine – perhaps about Senator Stevens’ trial which Lewis covered for the Gray Lady.

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Sam Donaldson and Richard Ben-Veniste

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Elizabeth Drew, Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman

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NPR’s Nina Totenberg and Debbie Dingell (wife of Rep. John Dingell D-Michigan)

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Richard Ben-Veniste and Sen. John Sarbanes (D-MD)