Monday 23 June 2008
Anniversary of the 'Smoking Gun'
Today (June 23rd) is the 36th anniversary of one of the most notorious conversations to have taken place in the White House. President Richard Nixon discussed the Watergate break-in, which had occured six days previously. The conversation was recorded - and when the transcript was made available in August 1974, it precipitated Nixon's resignation.
The tape showed that Nixon had agreed that administration officials should approach the Director of the CIA and ask him to request that the Director of the FBI halt the Bureau's investigation into the Watergate break-in on the grounds that the Watergate break-in was a National Security matter. In so agreeing, Nixon had entered into a criminal conspiracy whose goal was the obstruction of justice — a felony, and an impeachable offense.
Listen to the tape - and read the transcript at