On July 27, 1974, the House of Representatives charges President Richard M. Nixon with the first of three articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice after he refused to release White House tape recordings that contained crucial information regarding the Watergate scandal.

President Richard M. Nixon

President Richard M. Nixon

In my post, What Happened on June 17th, I wrote about the Watergate Scandal.  On June 17, 1972, five men connected with Nixon’s reelection committee, the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) (Don’t you just love this acronym?), had been caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C.

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A subsequent investigation exposed illegal activities perpetrated by CREEP and authorized by senior members of Nixon’s administration. It also raised questions about what the president knew about those activities. In May 1973, the Senate convened an investigation into the Watergate scandal amid public cries for Nixon’s impeachment. Nixon vigorously denied involvement in the burglary cover-up, most famously in November 1973 when he declared, “I am not a crook.”

Although Nixon released some of the tapes requested by the Senate in April 1974, he withheld the most damning of them, claiming executive privilege. On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court rejected Nixon’s claim of executive privilege and ordered him to turn over the remaining tapes.

Senator Sam Ervin (D-NC) (center right) held hearings that formed the basis for impeachment charges against Pres. Richard Nixon. Will Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) intense interrogations play a similar role?

Senator Sam Ervin (D-NC) (center right) held hearings that formed the basis for impeachment charges against Pres. Richard Nixon. Will Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) intense interrogations play a similar role?

When he refused to do so, the House of Representatives passed the first article of impeachment against Nixon for obstruction of justice. On August 5, with the impeachment process already underway, Nixon reluctantly released the remaining tapes.   On August 8, 1974, Nixon avoided a Senate trial and likely conviction by becoming the first president to resign.

My post from a year ago today: Conscientous Objectors

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2 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    Oh…He was a baaaaaaaad boy! I remember this on TV and when he left the white house and gave the V for victory sign…ughhh. Funny, I just watch History Detectives on Jimmy Hoffa and they had tapes with Nixon concerning Hoffa and it was amazing to listen to these tapes and how crooked Nixon was and OCD. He taped himself!! It shows the levels to what he was doing…amazing

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