After Nixon resigned in 1974, he engaged in a very aggressive war with history, attempting to wipe out the Watergate stain and memory. Happily, history won, largely because of Nixon’s tapes. —Bob Woodward
October 26 — What a difference a year makes
October 23, 1973 — President Nixon agreed to turn White House tape recordings requested by the Watergate special prosecutor over to Judge John J. Sirica.
- 1969 — US Vice President Spiro Agnew referred to anti-Vietnam War protesters as “an effete corps of impudent snobs.”
- 1973 — President Richard Nixon rejected an Appeals Court demand to turn over the Watergate tapes.
This is a rather remarkable letter about the tapes. If you will notice, the President says he has heard the tapes or some of them, and they sustain his position. But he says he’s not going to let anybody else hear them for fear they might draw a different conclusion… I’ll have to confess he’s making it more difficult for me and members of the committee to continue to cling to the presumption of innocence by continuing to withhold evidence which could tend to show that presumption should be sustained….
—Senator Sam Ervin (D—N.C.), Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee
August 29, 1973 — Judge John Sirica ordered President Nixon to turn over secret Watergate tapes. Nixon refused and appealed the order.
August 5, 1974 — President Richard Nixon admitted that he ordered a cover-up of the Watergate break-in for political as well as national security reasons. One of the secret
July 13, 1973 – Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the “Nixon tapes” to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break-in.
April 29, 1974 — United States President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings relating to the Watergate scandal.