The Nation: Wagons Around the President

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:

GRANTING PARDONS

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...

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