“Taping and wiretapping go back as far as F.D.R.,” Mr. Bostock said [a former Nixon aide]. “It lacks the context it needs: that Nixon was not the first president to do some of these things and that some of these things had been going on with many of his predecessors, in some cases, much more than he did.”

Watergate Becomes Sore Point at Nixon Library – NYTimes.com.