Richard M. Nixon: Resignation Address to the Nation(1974)
Explanation and Analysis of the Document
With the House of Representatives preparing to impeach Nixon, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously on July 24, 1974, that the president had to surrender all of his tape-recorded meetings to the House Judiciary Committee. Thus Nixon would have to disclose a meeting that clearly established he had taken part in covering up the crimes associated with the Watergate break-in (when men in the employ of the Republican National Committee burglarized the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in the Watergate Hotel). At this point, the president...
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