President Nixon's lawyer, Mr. James St. Clair, delivered 20 of the 64 White House tape?
President Nixon's lawyer, Mr. James St. Clair, delivered 20 of the 64 White House tape recordings about Watergate to Judge John Sirica in Washington on Tuesday (30 July) as the House Judiciary Committee met to decide on the impeachment article dealing with the President's refusal to obey its tape subpoenas.
The Committee split sharply for the first time in its historic impeachment voting approving by only 21 to 17 that Mr. Nixon be impeached for refusing to obey 80 subpoenas for 147 tapes and documents relating to Watergate and other scandals. The first two impeachment articles considered by the Committee accusing the President of obstruction of justice and misuse of presidential powers were both carried by much greater margins.
After the handed over the tapes ordered by the Supreme Court, Mr. St. Clair spoke to newsmen about the Committee's decision that Mr. Nixon's refusal to hand over subpoenaed tapes was an impeachment offence.
Minutes after the tapes were delivered, an attorney suggested that one of the conversations may be incomplete. R. Richard Ben-Veniste, a member of the Watergate prosecution, told Judge Sirica that the notations on one of the tapes seemed to suggest that something was missing.
Judge Sirica is to examine the tapes to decide which portions are to be passed on to Mr. Jaworski, the Watergate Special Prosecutor.