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Daemon
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Richard Nixon Resigns as US President (1974)

In June 1972, five burglars were arrested after breaking into the Democratic Party's national headquarters at the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, DC. The motive for the break-in remains unknown. Richard Nixon and his aides denied involvement in the scandal, but their cover-up unraveled, and Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. His successor, Gerald Ford, issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. What was the "Saturday Night Massacre"? More...
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I wish someone would explain what the scandal is about. It all seems to make little sense to me.
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If Watergate happened in today, Nixton didn't have to resign at all. Because what he did is nothing compare to the NSA. Nixon is a good president.
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Seems to me that US and UK politics is rotten to the core, like it is everywhere else on the planet :( Politicians are the least trustworthy characters around. How can you tell when a politician is lying ? When his lips are moving.
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When Cox refused to drop his subpoena, on October 20, 1973, Nixon demanded the resignations of Attorney General Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus for refusing to fire the special prosecutor
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What was the "Saturday Night Massacre"?

On October 20, 1973, at the height of the Watergate scandal, an event called the "Saturday Night Massacre" took place at the hands of sitting president Richard Nixon. He ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Cox had denied President Nixon's request that instead of turning over recorded conversations he accept summarizations of the Watergate tapes. Rather than execute this order, Richardson resigned his position from the Justice Department in protest. When Assistant Attorney General William Ruckelshaus refused to comply with President Nixon's request, Nixon fired him, although Ruckelshaus had already written a letter of resignation. The order to fire Cox was ultimately carried out by Solicitor General Robert Bork, but much damage had been done. In the immediate aftermath of the event, Richardson and Ruckelshaus held a live, televised press conference in which Richardson declared, "At stake, in the final analysis, is the very integrity of the governmental processes I came to the Department of Justice to help restore."

Congress perceived the act of firing Cox as a blatant abuse of presidential power. In the weeks that followed the Saturday Night Massacre, even as the president agreed to turn over the tapes, members of Congress increasingly indicated they would support impeachment against President Nixon. Although Nixon defended his actions in a November press conference-during which he insisted, "I have never obstructed justice" and "I'm not a crook!"-there were cries for his resignation. As a result of the Watergate scandal, the Ethics in Government Act was passed in 1978. The act established the Office of Independent Counsel, an independent, special prosecutor who has the authority to investigate alleged crimes and impeachable conduct committed by select government officials.


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Zippy
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Nixon was a saint compared to Barry Obumbles.
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Someone just wrote that Nixon was a good President; really dumb, as he was corrupt, a raciest and a crook. But he is almost admirable and a saint compared to the recent GW Bush presidency as that excuse for a human should be tried for crimes against humanity, along with VP Cheney, as they would truly be found guilty. Sadly, this will never happen and therefore we, as the once leading country for truth and honesty, have lost our credibility.
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He got you guys out of 'Nam. That's worth something.
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