TIME Covers Watergate
June 4, 1973: Nixon Fights Back
Last week, seemingly cornered, Nixon simultaneously fought back and fell back by issuing one of the strangest presidential documents in U.S. history; a 4,000-word statement that presented his defense. The document contained confessions that no other U.S. President has had to make.
From: Nixon's Thin Defense: The Need for Secrecy, June 4, 1973