By Stanley Kutler
Richard Nixon stated he sought after his management to be "the top chronicled in history." but if Alexander Butterfield disclosed the life of a voice-activated taping process to a Senate committee in July 1973, Nixon's White apartment and its recordings speedy grew to become the main notorious in American heritage. The tapes ruled the ultimate years of Nixon's presidency, and nearly single-handedly pressured his resignation.
But basically 60 hours have been really made public within the Nineteen Seventies. Many millions of hours remained mystery and in Nixon's fingers, and he fought fiercely to maintain them that means correct as much as his dying. ultimately, due to a lawsuit introduced via historian Stanley I. Kutler with the advocacy team Public Citizen, a landmark 1996 cost with the Nixon property and the nationwide documents is bringing over 3,000 hours of tapes to mild. The preliminary free up in November 1996 of over 2 hundred hours of fabric comprised all these conversations pertaining to abuse of strength -- each Watergate-relate...
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You’re to break into the place, rifle the files, and bring them in. HALDEMAN: I don’t have any problem with breaking in. It’s a Defense Department approved security— PRESIDENT NIXON: Just go in and take it. Go in around 8:00 or 9:00 o’clock. HALDEMAN: Make an inspection of the safe. PRESIDENT NIXON: That’s right. You go in to inspect the safe. I mean, clean it up. , WHITE HOUSE TELEPHONE The President is also aware of another useful young man on his staff—John Dean. PRESIDENT NIXON: . . I guess we don’t have anybody on our staff that’s working this sort of thing except [Tom Charles] Huston; is that right?
PRESIDENT NIXON: Do we have it? I’ve asked for it. You said you didn’t have it. HALDEMAN: We can’t find it. KISSINGER: We have nothing here, Mr. President. PRESIDENT NIXON: Well, damnit, I asked for that because I need it. KISSINGER: But Bob and I have been trying to put the damn thing together. HALDEMAN: We have a basic history in constructing our own, but there is a file on it. PRESIDENT NIXON: Where? HALDEMAN: [Presidential aide Tom Charles] Huston swears to God there’s a file on it and it’s at Brookings [Institution, a centrist Washington “think tank”].
Here, he wants a break-in atthe Brookings Institution, a centrist Washington think tank, to find classified documents that might be in the Brookings safe. ] Johnson on this stuff [Pentagon Papers]. PRESIDENT NIXON: What? HALDEMAN: You can blackmail Johnson on this stuff and it might be worth doing. . The bombing halt stuff is all in that same file or in some of the same hands. . PRESIDENT NIXON: Do we have it? I’ve asked for it. You said you didn’t have it. HALDEMAN: We can’t find it. KISSINGER: We have nothing here, Mr.