Nixons Watergate Testimony To Be Released

July 30, 2011 by staff 

Nixons Watergate Testimony To Be ReleasedNixons Watergate Testimony To Be Released, A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of transcripts of secret testimony of 36-year-old former President Nixon gave to the grand jury after the infamous Watergate scandal. The transcripts allow historians and scholars to measure the extent of Nixon’s role in the matter – a subject of popular speculation.

U.S. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth granted a request by historian Stanley Kutler and others to declassify the testimony given on 23 June and 24 in 1975, reports Reuters.

Nixon was asked about the political scandal during the 1970s as a result of the split in the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, DC

Five men were arrested for burglary and fund the headquarters of the FBI tracked the thieves as a slush fund used by the 1972 Committee to Reelect the President. As evidence mounted against the staff of the Presidency, it was revealed that President Nixon had a tape recording of their offices and had recorded many conversations. The tape recordings of these involved the president, revealing that he had tried to cover up the theft. U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the president had to surrender the tapes, which finally fulfilled. Fearing a political trial-shot Nixon finally resigned on August 9, 1974, the only waiver of any U.S. President. Several officials of the Nixon administration were tried, indicted and imprisoned after the scandal.

In June 1975, Nixon said from his home and answered questions about the gap 18 and half minutes at a White House recording of his conversation with a senior advisor after the break, as well as altering transcripts Tape and pays the IRS to harass his political enemies.

It is unclear when the transcripts were made public and justice of the Obama Administration Department, which opposed the release of Nixon’s testimony citing the privacy of the persons named in the testimony, has the option of asking a federal appeals court in Washington to intervene. But Judge Royce Lamberth rejected the argument saying that the interests of the Departments of privacy would not be harmed as a person in the Nixon and others were dead. Moreover the figures had spoken publicly or survivors testified under oath about their involvement.

‘Watergate importance in American history can not be overstated, “wrote Lamberth.” The revelation of (his) grand jury testimony is likely to improve the existing historical record, to encourage academic debate and improve public understanding of an important historical event.

Allison Zieve, director of Public Citizen Litigation Group and the lead attorney for those seeking the testimony, said the release of the transcript would be an important step towards the conclusion of the historical record of Watergate.

“President Nixon’s knowledge of events and the role in the cover remains a subject of speculation for historians, journalists and others,” he said in a statement.

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