Nixon Speaks

Nixon Speaks 1

BETTMANN-UPI, Reuters, CORBIS

Richard Nixon gives his farewell speech after resigning as president on August 9, 1974. Transcripts of his testimony before a grand jury a year later have just been released.

Last week, after 36 years, the federal government released former President Richard M. Nixon's testimony in June 1975, in the special prosecutor's investigation of the Watergate scandal. As most people know, the investigation, prompted by news-media disclosures of high-level sabotage and abuse of power in the White House, had begun two years earlier. By the time Nixon appeared before the grand jury, its discoveries had already forced his resignation from the presidency. But because Nixon's