The Nation: Examing the Record of That Meeting in March

Other Watergate events may yet prove more pivotal to President Nixon's possible impeachment, but last week a critical controversy centered on a meeting that took place in the President's Oval Office on March 21, 1973. At issue was whether Nixon then had approved or tacitly accepted or pointedly rejected the payment of hush money to the original Watergate burglars as part of the criminal cover-up conspiracy.

The 110-minute meeting was attended by Nixon and his former counsel, John Dean. Also present for about 40 minutes was H.R. Haldeman, Nixon's former chief of staff. The...

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