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Was secret grand jury testimony every released during the Watergate investigation?


Response: That is a VERY good question. As far as I know, it was not, except insofar as grand jury transcripts came out, according to routine disclosure provisions, during the trial of the indicted Watergate defendants. (In fact, they challenged the propriety of having that information released.)

There was a grand jury report that went to Congress; it was, as I may have said, the result of a compromise between the grand jurors and the Special Prosecutor, Jaworski. The grand jurors wanted to indict Nixon, Jaworski did not, so they termed him an unindicted co-conspirator in the report that went to Congress. But since Congress was holding its own hearings, I don't think that report became public.

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