Texas professor asking DC court for access to long-sealed documents in Watergate case

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WASHINGTON — A history professor from Texas is seeking access to long-sealed court records that he believes may help explain the motivation behind the Watergate break-in that ultimately drove President Richard Nixon from office.

Luke Nichter of Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen, Texas, is seeking the release of potentially hundreds of pages of documents. On Tuesday, a judge in Washington gave the government a month to object to the request.

Nichter wants to unseal records that were part of the court case against seven men involved in the 1972 burglary.

He said the documents originally were sealed because they were seen as unnecessary to proving the group, which was tied to Nixon’s re-election campaign, was responsible for the break-in at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters in Washington....

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