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Questions About Buying Nixon Tapes

January 21, 2000

What tapes can I purchase?

Available are 264 hours of tapes. These include 12 1/2 hours played in court during Watergate criminal trials; 47 1/2 additional hours subpoenaed by the Watergate Special Prosecution Force; and 204 hours of ``abuse of government power″ tapes about the break-in, cover-up and wrongdoing by the White House.

How do I place an order for tapes?

Contact The Cutting Corp., 4940 Hampden Lane, Bethesda, Md. 20814. (301) 654-2887.

How much do they cost?

The tapes are available for $18 for each 30-minute recording. If the conversation requested exceeds 30 minutes, the buyer must purchase at least two casettes. A complete set of Watergate Trial Tapes is $702. Transcripts, which are available for some tapes, finding aids and tape logs to help trace topics of conversation can be copied free off the National Archives web site www.nara.gov. Paper copies cost 50 cents a page.

Where do I find some of the most well-known conversations?

The ``smoking gun″ conversation on June 23, 1972, which revealed that the president was interested in using the CIA to derail the FBI’s Watergate investigation, is on cassette E-2. The March 21, 1973, conversation in which White House counsel John Dean tells Nixon there is a ``cancer″ growing on his presidency is on cassettes E-7, E-8 and E-9. Nixon telephone conversations are on cassette E-24.

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