Documents: Combative Nixon defended legacy to grand jury
November 11th, 2011
08:06 AM ET
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Documents: Combative Nixon defended legacy to grand jury

(CNN) - Pardoned but hardly chastened, ex-President Richard Nixon defended his administration's secrecy and wiretaps in combative testimony before a Watergate grand jury following his resignation, newly released documents reveal.

Archivists released nearly 50,000 pages of records and about 45 minutes of audio recordings Thursday, including hundreds of pages of transcripts of Nixon's June 1975 testimony. Special prosecutors were still trying to document the breadth of the scandal that had driven him from power nearly a year earlier, while Nixon did his best to defend his presidency.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ah yes, the beginning of the 'republican culture of corruption.'

    November 11, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I remember the good old days of President Nixon, waiting in line to get 5 gallons of gasoline, having my wages frozen, and run away debt and inflation. Just another day in paradise for republican leadership.

    November 11, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Yes, Mixon was a crook. And his vice-president as an even bigger crook. He was even convicted, I believe. The Nixon administration will be forever remembered as the most corrupt in U.S. history. Nixon was a Republican. He ran up nation's debt.

    President Carter was a nice guy from Georgia. Republicans tried to impeach him because his brother drank to much beer. Carter was a Democrat. He started the nation on a path towards energy independence. Carter installed solar cells on the roof of the White House. His successor removed the cells, killed the programs, claiming that they were wasteful spending.

    President Reagan had his issues with Iran-Contra, complete with him being called to testify before Congress. Reagan was a Republican. He nearly destroyed Social Security, created two recessions on his way to more than tripling the national debt.

    Bill Clinton cheated on his wife. Republicans tried to impeach him. Clinton was a Democrat. He balanced the budget George W. Bush alleged there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, opened a prison at Guantanomo Bay of questionable legality, and tortured prisoners of war. Bush was a Republican.

    Barack Obama is the nation's first African American president. Some Republicans called for his impeachment claiming that he was divisive and destroying this country. Obama is a Democrat. He inherited an annual deficit of $1.5T, and tried to reduce it by unsuccessfully raising taxes. He is up for re-election. His opponents wish to enact additional tax cuts that would only add to the annual deficit. His opponents are Republicans.

    November 11, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But that order exists, and discussions about using the IRS in a way that one would describe as a use of power can be listened to by anybody on the openly released White House tapes."

    Never in a million years would I, an 18 year old first time voter, have dreamed that the man I cast my first presidential vote for could have been as "dirty" as history proves this man to have been throughout his presidency. My sister-in-law and I spent the entire summer watching the Watergate hearings live on T.V. By the end of Nixon's "career" I was totally disgusted, not only with Nixon, but with the entire political power scene which had surrounded his presidency. We are fast approaching an era which once again pits power as the ultimate status quo against common decency. And again, it is the Republican Party (hint: Karl Rove / Dick Cheney / Koch Brothers / Dick Armey / Grover Norquist) out to cause the most damage. This time, though, there are no Carl Bernstein's or Bob Woodard's in the background ... simply too many modern day "journalists" willing to go after the really big stories such as where $arah Palin last ate, how many "foster" children Michele Bachmann "raised" (an oxymoron to be sure), who last dined with Donald Trump, and how many of those folks Mitts "endorsed" during the 2010 mid-terms are now returning the favor. Apparently this is what Republican voters have been pre programmed to accept as news, because when journalists do attempt to cover actual presidential hopeful policy, the GOPers get all nasty, stamping their feet in frustration over the lame-stream liberal media ... and as has become norm ... the media caves.

    November 11, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    President Nixon had a ton of things on his plate to deal with. All his Disgusting detractors had only there own twisted view of the world to view. They were the only ones in that Cess Pool they thought Nixon was frequeting. But isn't it wonderful that Richard Nixon is putting all those people back on the map, once again, if only momentarily. All those detractors should dig up Nixon once a year and kiss his *ss for making them famous.

    November 11, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. WiredweirdinSF

    And still the Political Ticker showing their true liberal bias continues to make fodder for the liberal left drug addicts of republicans, even ones that have been dead for 20 years. CNN is a liberal controlled, biased organization and it shows here, watch Fox to get the truth. How come the CNN "truth squad" does not comment on Obama and his crooked, corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toady administration. Here is and example, Joe Biden proclaiming 2010 the "summer of prosperity" as a result of the failed stimulus bill which gave billions to corrupt union executives and liberal democrat organizations but did not stimulate the economy for the people that actually pay taxes.

    November 11, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |