THE WHITE HOUSE: The Battle for Nixon's Tapes

If President Nixon does not release tapes of Watergate conversations recorded in his offices, Senate Select Committee Chairman Sam J. Ervin Jr. told TIME last week, "I would inform the President that the committee was going to hold him guilty."

As the Watergate scandal grows more incredible almost weekly, it now seems probable that an ironic twist of fate could prove decisive in determining how the President's involvement is finally perceived. The controversy that arose from the secret bugging of Democratic Party headquarters might possibly be resolved through the secret bugging of the White House, ordered by the President himself....

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