WATERGATE: The President Prepares His Answer

This week loomed among the most fateful yet in Richard Nixon's year-long struggle to salvage his presidency and stave off impeachment. He had until Tuesday to reply to the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena of 42 tapes relating to his role in Watergate, a deadline oft-deferred but now inescapable. In preparation, as he had done in past crises, he retreated to the quiet of Camp David to work out his response on his long yellow legal pads. The best indications were that it would be an attempt, aimed at the American people, to...