The Senate Watergate Committee took a historic vote in Washington on Monday (23 July) to serve subpoenas on President Nixon after he refused to hand over secret White House tapes of his talks with people connected with the Watergate scandal.
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ERVIN: "Upon our receipt of this communique from the White House, the Select Committee held a meeting and unanimously voted to authorise and direct the chairman to issue two subpoenas. One requiring the President to produce the tapes which are described in the subpoenas, and the other one requiring the President to issue...to make available to the committee, the Presidential papers...that is the papers the White House describes in these subpoenas."
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EDITORS: WE REFER YOUR ATTENTION TO PROD. NO. 7065/73: U.S.A.: PRESIDENT NIXON SUBPOENA'D TO FORCE RELEASE OF SECRET TAPES: WATERGATE PROSECUTOR COX EXPLAINS WHY." ALSO SERVICED ON JULY 24.
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Background: The Senate Watergate Committee took a historic vote in Washington on Monday (23 July) to serve subpoenas on President Nixon after he refused to hand over secret White House tapes of his talks with people connected with the Watergate scandal.
The affair is the biggest personal crisis to face the President in his four and a half years in the White House.
When he signed the subpoenas, 76-year-old Senator Sam Ervin told the packed Senate Caucus room that he deeply regretted that the question of subpoenas had arisen. He said he thought the Watergate crisis was the greatest crisis that the United States has ever suffered.
This film includes a sound on film extract of Senator Ervin's speech. A transcript of it appears below.