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Nixon’s ‘gift’

August 8, 2014
Mark Shields

The U.S. Supreme Court, including former President Richard Nixon's own appointees, ruled 8-0 that Nixon must turn over 64 tapes of White House conversations to the Watergate special prosecutor on Aug. 5, 1974. Investigators heard a tape on which Nixon had ordered his White House chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, to have the FBI abort its Watergate investigation - a clear obstruction of justice by Nixon. The date on which this tape was made, June 23, 1972 - barely six days after the Watergate break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters - was conclusive proof that Nixon personally knew, long before he admitted it, about his campaign committee's direct involvement in the burglary.



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