Aide Who Advised Nixon to Keep Tapes Dies

NEW YORK (AP) -

Leonard Garment, a friend and adviser to President Richard Nixon as the Watergate scandal unfolded —who urged him not to destroy tapes of his conversations — died Saturday at age 89.

Garment and Nixon met when Nixon joined the law firm where Garment was a partner in 1963. The two became close, and Garment later became Nixon’s White House counsel.

As Watergate unfolded, Garment encouraged Nixon not to destroy tapes of his conversations that came from a recording system Nixon had installed in the White House. The tapes played a major role in the erosion of Nixon’s public support and led to his resignation.