Last of Nixon tapes released, includes Pierre Trudeau call about Watergate

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
Canada Politics

The Nixon Library has released the last batch of embargoed materials from the Richard Nixon White House.

The materials, released on Wednesday afternoon, consist of 140,000 pages of documents and 340 hours of old recordings covering topics such as Watergate, Vietnam and the historic 1972 summit between Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

It also includes a recording — from May 11 1973 — of a telephone conversation between Nixon and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau where the latter is consoling the former about his political scandal.

Here's the recording:

Watergate, of course, was ultimately the downfall of Nixon. In August of 1974, the President was forced to resign for his administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement in the 1972 break-in at the Democratic headquarters in Washington, DC.

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You can't tell from the recording, but it's always been believed that Trudeau and Nixon had a difficult relationship.

Nixon has been quoted calling Trudeau "an asshole" and a "pompous egghead."

Another recording of the two, released in 2008, had the two leaders embroiled in a sometimes testy discussion about trade issues.

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Another interesting recording, released on Wednesday, was a conversation between Nixon and then-California Governor Ronald Reagan on April 30, 1973 following the President's address to the nation about the Watergate controversy.

According to Mediaite, the recording has some speculating about whether Nixon had been drinking during the call.

(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)

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