Aug. 21- Final installment of tapes from the Nixon White House offers listeners a ''view'' from the Oval Office. John Russell reports.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The final installment of White House conversations that were secretly recorded by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s were released on Wednesday (August 21), offering up a batch of tapes mainly highlighting domestic and foreign policy issues. Besides their historical significance, the recordings provide listeners a chance "to be there," explained Gregory Cumming, the Supervisory Archivist at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. SOUNDBITE Supervisory Archivist Gregory Cumming, The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, saying: "I always think it is fascinating in the President's own words, what he is thinking about other presidential leaders. That is what you get here, you get his unvarnished thoughts and his interaction with someone like Brezhnev. It is very interesting and I think it is very important for scholars to hear the discussion of what is going on in the Oval Office with these very important leaders." The never-before-heard material from the latest batch of 94 tapes include conversations related to such Cold War-era events as the 1973 Oval Office meeting between Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, the only summit-level meeting ever recorded by a U.S. presidential taping network. Nixon's taping system, known only to a few aides before it was disclosed. The President resigned from office in August 1974, facing almost certain impeachment over the Watergate scandal.