DOJ Attorneys Argue Over Recordings From Watergate Wiretaps

The U.S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge in Washington to keep sealed illegal wiretap recordings rooted in the Watergate scandal. It is not opposing release of some court papers sealed in the 1972 prosecution of G. Gordon Liddy. That information, DOJ lawyers said, includes bench conferences about evidentiary disputes and pretrial meetings in chambers. The agency is responding to a history professor's request seeking access to materials he believes could help answer lingering questions about the burglary that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation. DOJ lawyers argue that there is no First Amendment or public right of access to illegally obtained wiretaps, The Blog of Legal Times reports.