President Nixon answers a journalist questions during a news conference in Orlando, Florida.
Orlando Florida USA Date:1973, November 17 Duration:11 min 9 sec Sound:Yes
U.S. President Richard Nixon answers journalist George Gill questions regarding the Watergate issue in Orlando, Florida. George asks the President about his realization of the fact that 2 of the 9 Watergate tapes did not exist and his delay in disclosing this matter to the Federal Court and public. The President responds that on September 28th or 29th he came to know about the non-existence of those two conversation tapes. His secretary has listened to 7 tapes and has made notes for him. On October 26th they were determined about the non- existence of those two tapes. He directed White House Counsel Joseph Fred Buzhardt to carry out investigations. On 27th Buzhardt reported that he could not find those two tapes. He had arranged a meeting with Judge John Sirica. The President talks about his 5 minutes conversation on June 20th with the Attorney General John Mitchell. He had called to cheer him up. The conversation on April 15th with John Mitchell was not recorded because the call was made from family quarters where recording is not allowed. He talks about the shorter recording capacity of tape machines. Due to which his complete conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger did not get recorded. The only evidence available for this were his hand written notes. He mentions the difficulty in hearing those recorded tapes due to non-sophisticated recording system. He states that he knows what is there in those recorded tapes. He believes that the tapes will prove that he did not have any knowledge of breaking of the Watergate issue, that he had not authorized anybody on clemency nor had he any knowledge regarding the payment of blackmail money. He talks about his conversation with the White House Counsel John Dean.
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