Richard Nixon
Trent Lott On the Watergate Smoking Gun Transcript

Trent Lott On the Watergate Smoking Gun Transcript

In July of 1974, the White House released subpoenaed tapes of White House conversations. One of these tapes became known as the “smoking gun”, a tape recorded on June 23, 1972, just six days after the Watergate break-in. On the tape, Nixon can be heard agreeing that the Director and … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Asking President Nixon to Resign


Edward Brooke, former Massachusetts senator during Richard Nixon’s administration, discusses how he became the first republican to openly ask President Nixon to resign on November 4, 1973, shortly after the Watergate Scandal. According to Brooke, Nixon had lost the confidence of the American people, and because of that he should … Continue reading

Watergate Scandal
Ben Bradlee on Woodward and Bernstein


Ben Bradlee the iconic editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991 discusses how the young reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward came to cover the story for Watergate.  Turns out, they had a bad shift and were working on the Saturday when the story came in.   Bradlee became … Continue reading

Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward on Nixon’s ‘Dirty Tricks’ During Watergate

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Pulitzer Prize winner and journalist Bob Woodward remembers the Watergate scandal, his role in reporting on it and how it changed how we perceived the presidency. Specifically, Woodward highlights the “dirty tricks” used by the Nixon administration. Tricks such as the Watergate break-in and the leaking of then vice-presidential candidate … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Nixon Announces Resignation In Speech to America

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In the wake of the Watergate scandal, U.S. President Richard Nixon announced his resignation from the presidency on August 9, 1974, in a televised speech to the nation. Following accusations of crimes committed by his administration including bugging the offices of political opponents–Nixon’s impeachment was inevitable. However, his resignation speech, … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Reagan Gives Call of Support to Nixon During Watergate

Reagan Gives Call of Support to Nixon During Watergate

From the Nixon tapes, then California Governor Ronald Reagan calls President Nixon to give his support during the height of the Watergate Scandal. Nixon had just given a televised address to the nation announcing that Haldeman and Erlichman had been let go, and that John Dean had been fired. It was … Continue reading

H. R. Haldeman
Watergate: Nixon on Phone Distraught


President Richard Nixon, distraught, slurring his words, and likely drunk, talks with Bob Haldeman. Earlier that night, Nixon had announced the resignations of his closest aides, his Chief of Staff H. R. (Bob) Haldeman and his Chief Domestic Advisor John Ehrlichman, for their involvement in the brewing Watergate scandal. Nixon … Continue reading