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 residence and its recordings speedy turned the main notorious in American heritage. The tapes ruled the ultimate years of Nixon's presidency, and nearly single-handedly compelled his resignation.
But purely 60 hours have been truly made public within the Seventies. Many millions of hours remained mystery and in Nixon's arms, and he fought fiercely to maintain them that means correct as much as his demise. eventually, because of a lawsuit introduced through historian Stanley I. Kutler with the advocacy staff Public Citizen, a landmark 1996 cost with the Nixon property and the nationwide files is bringing over 3,000 hours of tapes to mild. The preliminary liberate in November 1996 of over two hundred hours of fabric comprised all these conversations pertaining to abuse of energy -- each Watergate-relate...
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World War II stuff we can always get. PRESIDENT NIXON: People are being—probably burning stuff and hiding stuff as fast as they can. A lot of this stuff will be gone. The bombing halt story, incidentally, is run into the Ellsberg thing and I think it’s now time to get that out if it’s any good for us. HALDEMAN: Okay. Well, we got, as I told you, we’ve got that except Huston says there’s three segments yet that aren’t complete, but he’s got the raw material. He can complete them. . , WHITE HOUSE TELEPHONE The following two conversations reveal some of the President’s responses toDaniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, and to Nixon’s enemiesin the foreign-policy establishment.
Nixon often expressed admiration for Dean. Less than three weeks before Dean’s famous March 21, 1973, “cancer on the presidency” discussion with Nixon, the President said: “Hell, I’m convinced that Dean is a pretty good gem. . [H]e’s awfully smart. . [H]e thinks things through and all that. He’s not cocky” (March 2, 1973). ” Still, it was necessary because “there’s a hell of a lot of other crap going to hit” (April 28, 1973). ” Yet by April 25, the President told Attorney General Richard Kleindienst that Dean had ordered the break-in of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office.
Then, the President and his Chief of Staff discuss old-fashioned, but proven, fundraisingmethods. SEGMENT 1 HALDEMAN: One of the best breaks is if this peace group or antiwar—can be infiltrated, can be shown to be a radical revolutionary group and they’re taking stolen top secret documents and peddling them around. That shifts the whole focus of the case. PRESIDENT NIXON: Can you get at that? HALDEMAN: Yes, sir. We’re working this— SEGMENT 2 PRESIDENT NIXON: Oh, I’ve got to tell you one thing. Ambassador to Brussels, that hasn’t been promised to anybody, has it?
Abuse of Power by Stanley Kutler