In February 1971, President Nixon asked his chief of staff if they could record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity.

Nixon Asked His Chief of Staff if the Oval Office Could Be Recorded. What a Bad Idea.

Nixon Asked His Chief of Staff if the Oval Office Could Be Recorded. What a Bad Idea.

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
May 17 2017 4:14 PM

Recording From the Oval

In February 1971, President Nixon asked his chief of staff if they could record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity.

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In February 1971, President Nixon asked his chief of staff if they could record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity, and H.R. Haldeman demonstrated a new style of loyalty that ultimately landed him with a prison sentence.           

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