THE EX-PRESIDENT: Nixon on Watergate

For two years Richard Nixon maintained almost total legal silence on his role in the Watergate scandal and a number of related matters. As President, he declined to testify under oath "on constitutional grounds." After he resigned, his phlebitis condition and a long convalescence made his testifying impossible. Last week Nixon's silence finally came to an end. Responding to a request from Watergate Special Prosecutor Henry S. Ruth, Nixon testified under oath before Ruth, several attorneys from Ruth's office, and two of the 20 members of the remaining Watergate grand jury,...

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