Richard Nixon is being charged with misusing presidential power to violate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, obstruction of justice, and defying Judiciary Committee subpoenas.
These tapes were a shabby, disgusting, immoral performance.
In late July 1974, the Supreme Court ruled that Nixon must turn over the remaining tapes, the House Judiciary Committee adopted three articles of impeachment against the president.
I admit making some judgments that were wrong, but I insist that I always acted on what I believed at the time to be the best interests of the nation.
In early August of 1974, Nixon provided transcripts of the eight subpoenaed tapes. They all contained the "smoking gun" - the evidence that Nixon had knowingly violated the law and that he had known about and had participated in the cover-up of the Watergate break-in from almost the very beginning - something he had constantly denied.
The tapes revealed that the president and his advisors were petty and mean, constantly using vulgar and offensive expletives in their conversations.