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Supreme Court Orders Nixon To Hand Over Tapes

On July 24, 1974, the United States Supreme Court ordered Nixon to surrender the White House tapes.

The decision of the court was unanimous, 8-0. Justice William Rehnquist did not sit on the case.

Nixon complied with the court’s order in United States v. Nixon.

One of the tapes he released came to be known as the “Smoking Gun Tape”. It revealed that just six days after the Watergate break-in Nixon and Haldeman had discussed the ways to obstruct the FBI’s investigation. This revelation directly led to a collapse in congressional support for Nixon and resulted in his resignation as president on August 9, 1974.

United States vs Nixon – Oral Arguments

The case of United States vs. Nixon was a pivotal moment in Watergate that led directly to the resignation of the President.

In April 1974, the Special Prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, obtained a subpoena that ordered Nixon to hand over a number of White House tape recordings and other papers.

Nixon turned over edited transcripts of 43 conversations. These included portions only of 20 tapes demanded by Jaworski. Nixon then sought to have the subpoena quashed. Judge John Sirica ordered Nixon to turn the tapes over by May 31. The matter was then appealed to the Supreme Court by Nixon and Jaworski.

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Malcolm Farnsworth
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