Nixon apologists were hoping the new renovations to his Presidential library… would shift the historical discourse about his presidency. In the best case, a new appreciation of Nixon’s foreign policy record would counter the voluminous accounts of his abuse of power and deceit.
New revelations from the handwritten notes of long-time Nixon aide HR Haldeman… expose Nixon’s nefarious political character before he gained the power of the Presidency.
- Nixon instructed aides to solicit political favors from wealthy donors with ties to China, South Vietnam, and Taiwan- Favors that would prevent the Johnson administration from opening peace talks- a violation of Federal Law
- The Nixon campaign pressured CIA Director Richard Helms to provide pertinent information in exchange for keeping his job after the election.
- The delay of peace talks perpetuated the hapless image of Johnson’s wounded administration- and would derail the Summer momentum of Hubert Humphrey’s campaign.
- Nixon lied to Johnson, Watergate investigators, David Frost, and scores of historians- the notes prove that he did directly order the treacherous interference