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11/10   Nixon's grand jury testimony was released today: []
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Learn why Democracy Starts Here Media Alert November 4, 2011 National Archives to Release President Nixon Grand Jury Records on November 10 Nixon Presidential Historical Materials to be Opened by the Nixon Library WHAT: Two separate releases of historical records from the Presidency of Richard M Nixon. There are a few redactions made for the privacy of living persons. In addition, there are several portions of the testimony that were deemed to be properly classified for national security. These portions, as well as parts of the accompanying materials, have been referred for declassification. When the National Archives receives a reply to these referrals, the transcript and accompanying materials will be updated. The Library will open approximately 3,000 pages of formerly classified national security materials, including National Security Council materials and Henry A Kissinger (HAK) telephone conversation transcripts. The Library plans to open an additional 45,000 pages from the collection of Ken Cole, the President's chief domestic policy aide in 1973-74. The Library will also release approximately 45 minutes of presidential dictabelt sound recordings from 1970, including the President's dictated recollections of his historic early morning visit to the Lincoln Memorial on May 9, 1970. Finally, the Library will open additional video oral histories, including those of Judge Laurence Silberman, former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld. In person: Files from the National Archives' WSPF collection will be available at the textual research room of the National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland. Nixon Presidential Historical Materials released by the Library will be available at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, California. Background on the Nixon Grand Jury Testimony In May 1975, the Watergate Special Prosecution Force (WSPF) decided that it was necessary to question former President Richard M Nixon in connection with various investigations being conducted by that office. It was determined that Mr Nixon would be questioned over the period of two days, June 23 and June 24, 1975, and that the testimony would be taken as part of various investigations being conducted by the January 7, 1974, Grand Jury for the District of Columbia (the third Watergate Grand Jury). Chief Judge George Hart signed an order authorizing that the sworn deposition of Mr Nixon be taken at the Coast Guard Station in San Mateo, California with two members of the grand jury present. The deposition was taken in California because Mr Nixon's doctor had determined that Mr Nixon was unable to travel to Washington DC for health reasons. The areas of inquiry that were agreed upon by the WSPF and Mr Nixon's counsel were as follows: 1 The circumstances surrounding the 18 minute gap in the tape of a meeting between Mr Nixon and H R Haldeman on June 20, 1972. Mr Nixon agreed to appear voluntarily to answer the questions of the Grand Jury. Mr Nixon's attorneys were present in the interview room, and they were available for consultation outside the hearing room. They were not permitted to make any statements during the actual testimony. Prior to the taking of his testimony, Mr Nixon and his counsel were provided copies of transcripts of White House tape conversations and other documents that were proposed for use during his testimony. There were a few subjects that the WSPF wished to explore with Mr Nixon but for which a Grand Jury appearance was not necessary. This interview took place on June 24, 1975, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm following the conclusion of Mr Nixon's sworn Grand Jury testimony. The areas of inquiry for this interview are as follows: 1 Mr Nixon's knowledge of the $2 million dairy fund pledge and the relationship between that pledge and his milk price support decision in March 1971.
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Email a link to this page Nixon Grand Jury Records Nixon Grand Jury Records In May 1975, the Watergate Special Prosecution Force (WSPF) decided that it was necessary to question former President Richard M Nixon in connection with various investigations being conducted by the WSPF. Mr Nixon was questioned over the period of two days, June 23 and June 24, 1975, and the testimony was taken as part of various investigations being conducted by the January 7, 1974, Grand Jury for the District of Columbia (the third Watergate Grand Jury). Chief Judge George Hart signed an order authorizing that the sworn deposition of Mr Nixon be taken at the Coast Guard Station in San Mateo, California with two members of the grand jury present. Mouse over help for Category says The category to which the collection belongs. Search field operator example is category:"Proceedings of Congress and General Congressional Publications". Mouse over help for Publication Name says The name of the publication or group of publications to which the document belongs. Search field operator example is fedpubname:"Precedents of the US House of Representatives".
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Nixon's grand jury testimony about the Watergate scandal that destroyed his presidency is finally coming to light. Four months after a judge ordered the June 1975 records unsealed, the government's Nixon Presidential Library was making them available online and at the California facility Thursday, Nov. See latest photos WASHINGTON (AP) -- Feisty and cagey, ex-President Richard Nixon defended his shredded legacy and shady Watergate-era actions in grand jury testimony that he thought would never come out. Offering a rare look into confidential grand jury proceedings, and the first ever to have a former president testifying, the National Archives and its Nixon Presidential Library released a transcript of the testimony after a judge ordered the government to do so. In it, Nixon, 10 months after he resigned under threat of impeachment, describes the burglary by political operatives at Democratic headquarters as "this silly, incredible Watergate break-in" and claims "I practically blew my stack" when he learned that 18 1/2 minutes of a post-Watergate White House meeting were erased from a tape. The gap was considered key in determining what Nixon knew about the burglary and what he did to cover up the exploding scandal. Nixon's main legal risk during 11 hours of questioning near his California home in June 1975 was being caught in a lie. Short of committing perjury, or implicating anyone in his much-diminished cadre of loyalists, he could testify with impunity because a pardon by his successor, Gerald Ford, protected him from prosecution for any past Watergate crimes. At one confrontational moment, he bristled when pressed for details of a conversation that he said he could not remember. "I don't recall that those specific names were in the discussion," he snapped. "I mean, if you want me to lie about it, I will be glad to." His admission of wrongdoing came with a hefty dose of sarcasm, as when he mentioned the burglars tied to his re-election committee -- known as plumbers -- and other heavy-handed operations to get dirt on political foes and claw for campaign advantage. "I want the jury and the special prosecutors to kick the hell out of us for wiretapping and for the plumbers and the rest," he said, "because obviously you may have concluded it is wrong." They expected few revelations but were determined to bring to light all facets of that extraordinary episode of presidential disgrace. The fact the testimony was released counted for more than its contents, they said, because it helps establish a precedent for lifting the veil of secrecy over grand jury proceedings when matters of great historical significance are involved. "It's Nixon being Nixon," historian Stanley Kutler said after his initial review found no bombshells. A leading figure in the lawsuit that opened the records, Kutler said Nixon is by turns petulant, self-pitying and biting. Nixon's memory lapses were frequent when he was grilled about whether he used the Internal Revenue Service to pursue his political opponents, which would be illegal. Yet he gave credence to a theory that he had done just that with Democratic donors. Prosecutors pointed to a list of Democratic contributors that was compiled by Nixon's people, evidence that Nixon contacted his treasury secretary about at least one top Democratic official who was interviewed by the IRS, and a White House memo with the note: "Check McGovern IRS files." George McGovern was Nixon's Democratic opponent in the 1972 election. "I should point out that I can never recall suggesting Mr McGovern, Sen. "What I do recall is only a suggestion that the McGovern contributors might be checked." Historians certainly did not expect the transcript to solve the mystery of the 18 1/2 minute gap. Investigators suspected the portion of the June 20, 1972, subpoenaed tape was erased to hide incriminating talk between Nixon and his chief of staff, HR Haldeman, three days after the break-in at the Watergate complex. Nixon stuck to secretary Rose Mary Woods' story that she erased it by mistake, and professed anger when learning how much was missing. Although he said he could not remember what was said during the gap, he had a clear recollection of his aide Alexander Haig telling him that much more was erased than originally thought. "Rose had thought it was four minutes, or something like that," he testified. "Now the counsel have found that it is 18 1/2 minutes, and I practically blew my stack." He said: "If you are interested in my view as to what happened, it is very simple. Even without the tape, investigators learned enough of Nixon's machinations in the cover-up to bring him to the brink of impeachment. Fellow Republican lawmakers finally abandoned him, leaving him little choice but to resign. During the testimony, spread over June 23-24, 1975, Nixon slipped in little digs at the prosecutors. He simultaneously applauded them for their hard work and criticized them as being part of an effort to take him down. He accused them of having a double standard with their treatment of him versus his adversaries. "If I could give one last bit of advice," he tells the prosecutors at one point, "taking the double standard is going to make you much more popular with the Washington press corps, with the Georgetown social set, if you ever go to Georgetown, with the power elite in this country. But on the other hand, think of your children -- they are going to judge you in the pages of history." He goes on to say, "I mean, I am not unaware of the fact that the great majority of the people working in the Special Prosecutor's Office did not support me for president." Nixon also was quizzed about his appointments of five noncareer ambassadors who had been donors to his campaign. He defended his choices while denying he had promised diplomatic posts to big campaign donors. "Some of the very best ambassadors we have have been noncareer ambassadors who have made substantial contributions," he testified, citing Perle Mesta, an appointee of President Harry Truman, as an example. "Perle Mesta wasn't sent to Luxembourg because she had big bosoms. Perle Mesta went to Luxembourg because she made a good contribution." Nixon described a White House system in which political fundraisers might discuss ambassadorships with donors, but denied promising them jobs. "I have no recollection of ever authorizing the selling of ambassadorships, the making of an absolute commitment for ambassadorships," he said. The grand jury materials reside for public inspection at the National Archives in College Park, Md, and were put online along with thousands of other Watergate-era documents and some sound recordings. One recording shows a distinctly different side to Nixon. It is of his dictated musings about an odd episode from 1970, when he paid a late-night visit to the Lincoln Memorial to meet anti-war protesters. He told the young people they were hungering for the same things he searched for 40 years earlier. Ending the Vietnam War and stopping pollution won't end "the spiritual hunger which all of us have," he dictated. That, he said, is the "great mystery of life from the beginning of time." gov ___ Associated Press writer Matt Apuzzo contributed to this report. Ferrara hopes his deployment will help forge a bond with his brother who was killed just miles away in the same mountains of Afghanistan's Kunar province while leading a platoon of his own four years ago. Concerned Sit ti sin 11 hours ago It very interesting to me how crooks, thieves, liars, and downright unethical and immoral persons find the need to defend themselves in a last ditch effort to gain forgiveness before passing to the dark side. And attempt one last time to get anyone to buy their story telling and fill their pocket books before they exist this life! Oakland, United States o 12 hours ago Nixon is actually the most liberal president in my lifetime. He signed the endangered species act of 1973, which finally and totally put and end to whaling off our coasts, he opened the doors to China, and technically he ended a war. None of that makes him a good man in the long run but it is interesting. cookie 17 hours ag...
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