Richard Nixon
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 Deputy Director of the CIA should be approached about asking the Acting Director of the FBI to halt the FBI’s investigation into the Watergate break-in, citing matters of national security. In this video, Trent Lott recalls first hearing about and reading the transcript of the Smoking Gun tape. While on vacation with his family, Lott received a call from a fellow Mississippi native who worked at the White House. Lott recalls that the man told him: “‘I think there’s something you need to read.’ And I think he maybe even described it as a ‘smoking gun.’ And so I got on a plane and flew back in.”

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