Evangelist Billy Graham reached out to President Richard Nixon on the day he first spoke about the Watergate scandal, offering the president encouragement and hope.
The tapes of the conversation between Nixon and Graham were released this week along with 340 hours of other conversations by the Nixon Presidential Library. They were posted online by the National Archives and Records.
In the tapes, Graham can be heard telling Nixon he gave a convincing speech when he told the nation he wasn't connected with the Watergate break-in.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association released a statement to the Citizen-Times of Asheville (http://avlne.ws/19RsaoI ) pointing out Graham has admitted to sometimes saying things he regretted as part of his personal, pastoral relationship with 11 presidents and was sick when he found out Nixon lied.