The final instalment of secretly recorded phone calls and meetings by former United States President Richard Nixon has been released. They were used to help bring him down during the Watergate scandal.
The tapes were recorded between April and July 1973 and were made public by the National Archives and Records Administration, along with more than 140,000 pages of text documents.
Luke Nichter, Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University – Central Texas, explained the significance of the recordings: “What these tapes show in this time period, for the remaining 15 months of his presidency, Nixon will be on his own to defend himself against accusations and charges and against subpoenas from Congress who are actively looking into the Watergate investigation which is building momentum.”
In total over 3,700 hours of conversations were recorded from 1971 until 1973 including the meeting Nixon held with Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev at the Oval Office. Tapes of phone calls with future US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior have also been released.