MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It's Richard Nixon unplugged. Newly-released documents and recordings of the former president are the result of years of work by University of Wisconsin-Madison emeritus professor Stanley Kutler.
His successful court challenge is responsible for the release of the secret records and documents, including a transcript of Nixon's grand jury testimony related to the Watergate investigation. The National Archives and its Nixon Presidential Library released the testimony Thursday, which afforded a rare look inside grand jury proceedings.
Nixon told grand jurors that in his view, it was simply an accident that some of the tape got erased. He claimed "I practically blew my stack" when he found out how much.
The release of the records was opposed by the Obama administration. Kutler argued the historical importance of the investigation trumps the privacy arguments.
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