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August 9 1974 – Nixon Resigns Watergate “Our long national nightmare is over” | Aug 2016

Watergate Remembered  |  A Conversation With Sen Lowell Weicker

– Youtube | TheDay.com

– A conversation with Lowell P. Weicker, the last surviving member of the Senate Watergate Committee.

“I feel that Watergate was a negative exercise, what do I mean by that? I mean by that that he took everything in the US Constitution and trashed it…..I think the main lesson is… in the end we are all responsible for the government in Washington…”  – former Sen. Lowell Weicker.

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Nixon, Ford and Watergate – The Nixon Pardon Negotiations

– HistoryCommons.org

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“Newly installed President Gerald Ford has no intention of pardoning former President Richard Nixon. Press secretary Jerald terHorst tells reporters, “I don’t think the American people would stand for it.”

 

Nixon Aides Attempt to Engineer Pardon Deal from Ford

“President Richard Nixon`s chief of staff Alexander Haig pays an urgent call on Vice President Gerald Ford to discuss the terms under which Nixon will resign. Haig gives Ford a handwritten list of what White House counsel Fred Buzhardt, the author of the list, calls “permutations for the option of resignation.”

The idea is for Nixon to agree to resign in return for Ford’s agreement to pardon Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while president. Ford listens to Haig but does not agree to any terms. The next day, after learning of the meeting, Ford’s own counsel, Robert Hartmann, is outraged that Ford did not just throw Haig out of his office. With fellow counsel John Marsh, Hartmann demands that Ford call Haig and state unequivocally, for the record, and in front of witnesses that Ford has made no such agreements. Haig considers Hartmann essentially incompetent, and Hartmann views Haig as a power-hungry “assh_le.”

The subsequent tensions between Haig, one of the Nixon holdovers in Ford’s presidency, and Ford’s staff will shape future events in the Ford administration. In part to counteract Haig’s influence, Ford will name former NATO ambassador and Nixon aide Donald Rumsfeld as the head of his transition team. Rumsfeld will in turn name former Wyoming congressman and current investment executive Dick Cheney as his deputy; Cheney has lectured his clients that Watergate was never a criminal conspiracy, but merely a power struggle between the White House and Congress.”

…Continue reading the fascinating story behind the constitutional and legal questions surrounding the historic and controversial pardon of Nixon here @ HistoryCommons.org