… by destroying his tapes of White House conversations.
You may remember that Alexander Butterfield, the guy who installed the tape system, in an offhand remark before some committee revealed that the system existed. Of course, the Dems were immediately demanding that the tapes be made public. Nixon refused.
Here’s the thing. Initially most all Repubs supported Nixon in his refusal to do so, generally basing their support on the idea of personal executive privilege … he made them, they were his to do with as he wished. Suppose Nixon had told the Dems to fuck off and had burned them in the Rose Garden. I think he would have been applauded by much of the GOP and the idea of impeachment would never gained traction.
But no, Tricky Dick stonewalled for 6 mos while his support fell away until finally even George Will and Bill Buckley joined the chorus for revelation and the rest is history.
I would have put this in IMHO but since the mods moved my Clinton impeachment OP to GD, I thought I’d save them the trouble.