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The Unmaking of a President. "I hereby resign the Office of President of the United States." --Richard M. Nixon, August 9, 1974. Scandal at the White House.

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The unmaking of a president

The Unmaking of a President

"I hereby resign the Office of President of the United States."

--Richard M. Nixon, August 9, 1974


Scandal at the white house

Scandal at the White House

  • CREEP (Committee to Reelect the President). Accepted illegal contributions. Financed “dirty tricks”to discredit the Democratic opposition.

  • White House officials used the IRS to harass administration enemies.

  • Nixon’s Vice-presidential papers. Tax scandal.


The biggie

The Biggie

  • 1972 break-in at the Watergate Apartments to steal documents and “bug” the offices of the Democratic National headquarters.

  • G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt are arrested in the burglary.


Key points

Washington Post investigation. Deep throat.

Senate investigations. Sam Ervin. Special prosecutors. Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski.

The tapes. Court rules on executive privilege.

Key Points


The unmaking of a president

Impeachment proceedings.

Thirty people including cabinet officials were found guilty and given prison sentences.

Ford pardons Nixon.


Significance

Significance.

  • Freedom of the press worked.

  • The two-party system worked.

  • Checks and balances worked.

  • Government by law worked.

  • Powers of the presidency were weakened and congressional power strengthened.

  • A reform era was ushered in.


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