Recently released classified tapes suggest that LBJ knew about Nixon’s treason but kept his knowledge of Nixon’s acts a secret. According to the tapes ,LBJ was aware that Nixon tried to keep the South Vietnamese from negotiating with the President’s administration so Nixon could keep the war moving forward.
As Richard Nixon was running against Democrat Hubert Humphrey in 1968, his campaign relied heavily on continuing the Vietnam war. It was therefore in Nixon’s best interest to keep the war in gridlocked battled.
In a recording, LBJ revealed that he knew of Nixon’s Vietnam effort. LBJ in the tape says Nixon was actively campaigning to keep the South Vietnamese away from negotiations. To reach his goal, Nixon promised a better deal if the South Vietnamese waited until he was elected as POTUS.
Nixon’s backroom negotiations apparently worked. In November 1968, LBJ was prepared to announce the end of the Vietnam war. Instead, the South Vietnamese pulled out of the brokered peace deal.
While rumors circulated about Richard Nixon’s involvement in those failed talks, the future President was quick to deny the charges waged against him.
Fast forward 45 years later, and the new LBJ tapes appear to prove Nixon’s treason against the United States.
In the tape, LBJ ordered that the FBI bug the phone of the Southern Vietnamese ambassador. LBJ then reveals:
“We have found that our friend, the Republican nominee, our California friend, has been playing on the outskirts with our enemies and our friends both, he has been doing it through rather subterranean sources.”
LBJ in the tape also says Nixon adviser Anna Chennault was warning the South Vietnamese to avoid the LBJ peace deal.
LBJ could have immediately ended Richard Nixon’s Presidential hopes but was afraid that admitting to the United States bugging an ambassador’s phone would have led to further international problems.
Lyndon B. Johnson had his calls and conversations recorded on purpose. He believed future leaders and citizens should fully understand his on-record decisions.
LBJ died before his 65th birthday, and, in the days leading up to his death, he had begun to open up more about his days as the US President. The LBJ tapes have picked up where Lyndon Johnson left off in explaining the legacy he left behind.
Are you interested in hearing what the former President of the United States had to say behind closed doors regarding Richard Nixon’s treason?