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Nixon "cashed" his check back in July-1973 when former White House aide Alexander Butterfield testified on Monday, July 16, 1973 in front of the Senate Select Committee for the Watergate Hearing that - yes - the White House had, in fact, a voice-activated taping system to record conversations involving President Nixon and his subordinates and other officials.

Well, boys & girls, fast-forward to 2018 and lo + behold we now have another sitting U.S. president who was recorded that will become pivotal in an ongoing investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.  

Now, Nixon had "reams" of tapes, one of which turned out to be the "smoking gun" --- the June 23, 1972 conversation Nixon had with his Chief of Staff, H.R. ("Bob") Haldeman -  about how best to handle the break-in of the Democratic National Committee's headquarters by Republican operatives working for and on behalf of the Nixon White House.

Nixon's Chief Of Staff H.R. ("Bob") Haldeman made the following suggestion to Nixon:

"That the way to handle this now is for us to have Walters -[The CIA Dir.] call Pat Gray [The FBI Dir.] and just say, “Stay the hell out of this…this is ah, business here we don’t want you to go any further on it.” That’s not an unusual development,…"

As Nixon further said on the tape of June 23, 1972

"“the President believes that it is going to open the whole Bay of Pigs thing up again. And, ah because these people are plugging for, for keeps and that they should call the FBI in and say that we wish for the country, don’t go any further into this case, period!"

The release of the tape was ordered by the Supreme Court on July 24, 1974, in a case known as United States v. Nixon. The court’s decision was unanimous.