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Transcript of meeting between President Richard M. Nixon and H.R. Haldeman on April 26, 1973

Transcripts of President Nixon’s taped Oval Office conversations with Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and others raised questions of the President’s involvement in the Watergate break-in, the attempted cover-up, and other abuses of executive power. Facing impeachment, President Nixon resigned from office in August 1974—the first president to ever do so.

…I don’t think it should ever get out that we taped this office, Bob.

Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

Transcript of meeting between President Richard M. Nixon and H.R. Haldeman on April 26, 1973 …I don’t think it should ever get out that we taped this office, Bob.

Investigating the Watergate Scandal

On June 17, 1972, burglars broke into and wiretapped the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington, DC. Evidence later revealed President Richard Nixon’s re-election committee had authorized the break-in. To investigate the matter and fulfill the public’s right to know, the Senate convened the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by Senator Sam Ervin. The Ervin Committee discovered White House tape recordings that incriminated President Nixon and led to his resignation from office.