Tapes of White House conversations made public for the first time at the Watergate cover-up trial last week, as well as portions of other conversations edited out of earlier White House transcripts, show that Richard Nixon planned and participated in cover-up acts almost from the beginning, then grew increasingly suspicious of his aides as he sought frantically to protect himself. Some excerpts:
April 14, 1973. President Nixon, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
P. You get them full pardons. That's what they have to have, John ... Do you agree?
E. Yep, I sure...