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1974: President Ford pardons former President Nixon

On September 8th, 1974, President Gerald Ford, who assumed office on the heels of President Richard M. Nixonís resignation, pardons his predecessor for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.


Congress had accused Nixon of obstruction of justice during the investigation of the Watergate scandal, which began in 1972. White House tape recordings revealed that Nixon knew about and possibly authorized the illegal break-in and wiretapping of the Democratic National Committee offices, located in the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. Rather than face impeachment and removal from office, Nixon chose to resign on August 8, 1974.


There were no historical or legal precedents to guide Ford in the matter of Nixonís pending indictment. In the end, he decided to give Nixon a full pardon for all offenses against the United States in order to put the tragic and disruptive scandal behind all concerned. Ford justified this decision by claiming that a long, drawn-out trial would further polarize the public. Fordís decision to pardon Nixon was condemned by many and contributed to Fordís failure to regain the presidency during the election of 1976.


From his home in California, Nixon responded to Fordís pardon, saying he had gained a different perspective on the Watergate affair since his resignation. He admitted that he was "wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate, particularly when it reached the stage of judicial proceedings and grew from a political scandal into a national tragedy."
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Enough of cutting down on our 2nd best president ever.

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Enough of cutting down on our 2nd best president ever.
i hate to hear who you think our best one was


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BILLY of course.

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we'll just keep him busy in november


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Trust me, I will figure out a way to get to the polls. Come to think of it, I think I am going to look into becoming a politician.

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Trust me, I will figure out a way to get to the polls. Come to think of it, I think I am going to look into becoming a politician.
the third most hated proffesion


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I am used to it. I went to law school and I was a used car salesman. And now, I work for the govt, so it seems like a natural progression.

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I am used to it. I went to law school and I was a used car salesman. And now, I work for the govt, so it seems like a natural progression.
i agree. all you have to do is become star jones, and you'll be the most hated worker in america


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i agree. all you have to do is become star jones, and you'll be the most hated worker in america
Except she doesn't have a job, so therefore she isn't a worker...
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