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Evil Deeds in High PlacesChristian America's Moral Struggle with Watergate$
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David E. Settje

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803149

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803149.001.0001

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The Bleep Heard round the World

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Evil Deeds in High Places

David E. Settje

NYU Press

No period during Watergate moved as quickly as mid-1974. In May, judicial action forced President Nixon to release damaging transcripts of private taped conversations. By July, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Nixon must release the actual recordings, which was followed by the House Judiciary Committee passing the first three articles of impeachment with the charge of obstruction of justice. The content of the tapes proved the smoking gun to many because of conversations the president had within a week of the initial Watergate break-in, exposing how early he knew about it. Like Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who changed their vote as a result of the tapes, conservatives joined liberals within Protestantism to now condemn the president, though they continued to differ about their theological outlooks.

Keywords:   President Nixon, tapes, recordings, Protestants, impeachment, obstruction of justice, smoking gun, Watergate

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