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Reagan supports Nixon after Watergate speech, tape shows

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  • President Richard M. Nixon points to the transcripts of the White House tapes after he announced during a nationally-televised speech that he would turn over the transcripts to House impeachment investigators, in Washington. The last 340 hours of tapes from Nixon's White House were released Wednesday, along with more than 140,000 pages of text materials.

      President Richard M. Nixon points to the transcripts of the White House tapes after he announced during a nationally-televised speech that he would turn over the transcripts to House impeachment investigators, in Washington. The last 340 hours of tapes from Nixon's White House were released Wednesday, along with more than 140,000 pages of text materials.
    associated press/April 1974

  • The original Nixon White House tape and original tape recorder are shown in an undated file photo from the National Archives.

      The original Nixon White House tape and original tape recorder are shown in an undated file photo from the National Archives.
    associated press file photo

 
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The final installment of secret recordings from President Richard Nixon's White House captures future president Ronald Reagan calling to offer support after Nixon delivered a public address on Watergate.

The April 30, 1973, phone conversation was released Wednesday along with 340 hours of tape and more than 140,000 pages of documents.

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Reagan, then California governor, called Nixon in the late evening after he had delivered a speech as the Watergate crisis picked up speed.

Earlier that day, two top White House staffers and the attorney general had resigned and the White House counsel was fired.

Reagan reassures Nixon of his support and says the speech was on target.

The tapes also include recordings of Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev chatting warmly in the Oval Office before a historic summit.

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