Watergate Records Sought By Local History Professor Will Be Unsealed

A federal judge Friday ruled that Watergate records sought by a Central Texas history professor should be unsealed.

The Watergate scandal ultimately forced President Richard Nixon to resign. (File)

WASHINGTON (November 2, 2012)—U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth Friday in Washington ordered the release of some court documents sealed in the 1970s as part of the court case against seven men involved in the Watergate burglary.

Luke Nichter of Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen, wrote the judge in 2009 to ask that potentially hundreds of pages of documents be unsealed.

Nichter specializes in 20th century U.S. political history and created a website that makes the most complete collection of digitized Nixon tapes available to researchers.

He recently finished a book-length biography of former President George W. Bush.

Lamberth said in a two-page order Friday that some materials Nichter was seeking should be released and gave the National Archives and Records Administration a month to review and release the materials.

Attorneys for the U.S. government said in court documents earlier this year that they would not oppose the release of some of the documents.


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