During the many talks, conferences and interviews I have participated in over the years about Watergate, one of the questions I’m almost always asked is why Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes. I’ve always replied that his lawyers knew that he would have undoubtedly been charged with obstruction of justice, since the tapes arguably could have been subpoenaed as evidence in the matters that the Watergate Committee was investigating.
Watching Team Hillary’s performance over the past three weeks in damage control over her private email server and decisions to destroy potentially pertinent correspondence to at least one ongoing Congressional investigation, I have come to the realization that Nixon’s main problem turned out to be that he just wasn’t devious and tough enough. As you may recall, while Benghazi documents were under subpoena Hillary’s cleanup crew wiped the hard drive of her server clean and deleted more than 30,000 emails. None related to work, she promises. She has long since learned that it is better to have people think you’re lying than to give up evidence that proves it.
Had Nixon been given the opportunity to learn from the Hillary playbook, he could has said this: “While there was no requirement that I have a taping system in the White House, and perhaps I shouldn’t have, it was for my own personal use and convenience. My staff has carefully listened to the tapes and has erased portions that are personal in nature. You know, conversations with Pat, the girls, memories of our dog Checkers, planning Tricia’s White House wedding, you know stuff like that. The staff and my lawyers, objective arbiters of truth and relevance, have meticulously preserved the tapes having to do with official business and the committee is welcome to hear that. Most of them are just me thinking out loud about my love for America. Finally, I have been asked if I would agree to send the deleted tapes to an independent entity to see if they could be reconstructed. Of course not. That would defeat the purpose of having destroyed them in the first place. Thank you and God bless America.”
No doubt there would have been a flap for a few days, and then the press would have turned to other matters and allowed Nixon to carry on with his plans. Right?
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