Thu November 10, 2011
Now Public: Richard Nixon's Grand Jury Testimony
The Nixon Library and National Archives have released a trove of documents (.pdf and a big file) relating to former President Richard Nixon's grand jury testimony. The testimony, taken after Nixon resigned, was the first by a president. Nixon was interviewed at his California home on June 23 and 24, 1975, after he had been pardoned by President Gerald Ford. The release of documents was ordered by a federal judge back in July.
As we reported, the request for the documents was made by historian Stanley Kutler. At the time he said he hoped the documents would reveal the truth about the Watergate scandal. "Nixon knew when you testified before a grand jury you exposed yourself to perjury, so I'm betting he told the truth," said Kutler, the author of Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes. We'll have more on this story, as people begin sifting through the hundreds of documents. We've embedded the first part of the interview transcript below; we're working to get the other parts online. Let us know in the comments if find something of interest.
Update at 2:00 p.m. ET. Documents: Note that we've added the full collection of documents here. We've removed the embed because it was causing technical issues.
Update at 12:56 p.m. ET. Where To Find The Documents: The Government Printing Office has the full collection of documents at its website.