Blackmun Papers: Blackmun and Nixon

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Blackmun on Meeting with President Nixon on his Nomination to the Court

Listen: <b>Web Extra:</b> Blackmun on Tensions with Chief Justice Burger Over the Nixon Tapes

Justice Harry Blackmun, right, and Chief Justice Warren Burger, left, meet with President Nixon in 1970. © Bettmann/CORBIS hide caption

View Enlargement
toggle caption © Bettmann/CORBIS

In his newly released oral history, the late Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun describes the strange scene at the White House when President Nixon invited him to discuss his nomination to the court. Nixon quizzed Blackmun about his net worth and his wife's social skills. Four years later, Blackmun and the other justices had Nixon's fate in their hands when they weighed the Watergate tapes case. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports. (Voices of NBC's Tom Brokaw and John Chancellor courtesy of the Vanderbilt University Television News Archive.)



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from