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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

why did president Nixon resign?

i need help so if you can point me in the right direction that'd be great thanks 10 points to best answer

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  • Jay
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Watergate timeline:

    November 5, 1968: Richard Nixon elected President

    July 1, 1971: David Young and Egil Krogh write a memo suggesting the formation of what would later be called the "White House Plumbers" in response to the leak of the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg. This unit's job was to search out who leaked documents and stop it from happening again.

    August 21, 1971: Nixon's Enemies List is started by White House aides to "use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies."

    June 17, 1972: The plumbers are arrested at 2:30 a.m. in the process of planting surveillance bugs in the Democratic offices at the Watergate Hotel.

    June 20, 1972: Reportedly based on a tip from Deep Throat, Bob Woodward reports in the Washington Post that one of the burglars had E. Howard Hunt in his address book and possessed cheques signed by him, and that he was connected to Charles Colson.

    September 15, 1972: Hunt, Liddy and the Watergate burglars are indicted by a federal grand jury.

    November 7, 1972: Nixon re-elected.

    January 8, 1973: Five defendants plead guilty. Liddy and McCord are convicted after the trial.

    April 6, 1973: White House counsel John Dean begins cooperating with federal Watergate prosecutors.

    May 17, 1973 : The Senate Watergate Committee begins its nationally televised hearings.

    May 19, 1973: Independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox appointed to oversee investigation. June 3, 1973: John Dean tells Watergate investigators that he has discussed the cover-up with Nixon at least 35 times.

    July 13, 1973: Alexander Butterfield, former presidential appointments secretary, reveals that all conversations and telephone calls in Nixon’s office have been taped since 1971.

    July 23, 1973: Nixon refuses to turn over presidential tapings to Senate Watergate Committee or the special prosecutor.

    Vice President replaced: October 10, 1973: Spiro Agnew resigns as Vice President of the United States due to corruption while he was the governor of Maryland.

    October 12, 1973: Gerald Ford is nominated as Vice President under the 25th Amendment.

    October 20, 1973: "Saturday Night Massacre" - Nixon fires special prosecutor Cox. Ruckelshaus and Elliot Richardson refuse to comply and resign. Robert Bork considers resigning but carries out the order.

    November 1, 1973: Leon Jaworski is appointed new special prosecutor.

    November 17, 1973: Nixon delivers "I am not a crook" speech at a televised press conference at Disney World (Florida).

    January 28, 1974: Nixon campaign aide Herbert Porter pleads guilty to perjury.

    February 25, 1974: Nixon personal counsel Herbert Kalmbach pleads guilty to two charges of illegal campaign activities.

    March 4, 1974: "Watergate Seven" indicted.

    April 5, 1974: Dwight Chapin convicted of lying to a grand jury.

    April 7, 1974: Ed Reinecke, Republican lieutenant governor of California, indicted on three charges of perjury before the Senate committee.

    April 30, 1974: White House releases edited transcripts of the Nixon tapes, but the House Judiciary Committee insists the actual tapes must be turned over.

    June 15, 1974: Woodward and Bernstein's book All the President's Men is published by Simon & Schuster (ISBN 0-671-21781-X).

    July 24, 1974: United States v. Nixon decided: Nixon is ordered to give up tapes to investigators.

    Congress moves to impeach Nixon. July 27 to July 30, 1974: House Judiciary Committee passes articles of Impeachment.

    Early August 1974: A previously unknown tape from June 23, 1972 (recorded a few days after the break-in) documenting Nixon and Haldeman formulating a plan to block investigations, is released. This recording would later became known as the "Smoking Gun".

    Key Republican Senators tell Nixon that enough votes exist to convict him.

    August 8, 1974: Nixon resigns presidency. Gerald Ford becomes President.

    Essentially Nixon claimed that he knew nothing and had not authorised the Watergate break-in, that maybe so, but it became clear that he had participated in the cover-up, he had denied involvement in that as well, but those denials were not believed. Impeachment procedings began and went to the Senate as the constitution requires and eventually it was evident that Nixon would not have the support of enough Senators to defeat the motion, so rather and wait to be impeached and then thrown out of office he chose to resign.

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  • Joan
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I think he resigned because he felt he could no longer do the job effectively. Someone else mentioned all the animosity - and, as you can tell from a couple of the answers, there is STILL animosity, even though he's been dead for a while now. And there probably was a good chance he would have been removed from office. I think a lot of people hate him for cheating them of that. Sick. I'm pretty sure that Nixon was not the only President to do the things he was nailed for. And I'm sure he won't be the last. He had a good civil rights record, and he opened up relations with mainland China - a massively important act. But people either never knew or cared about that. Bill Clinton WAS impeached, but impeachment does not always result in removal from office.

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  • Athena
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Nixon, believe it or not, was a man of honor.

    At least as much a man of honor as a politician can be.

    He did not want to put the country through a Clintonian circus

    that an impeachment would have been.

    Rather than do that, he decided to resign.

    For his good, and what he thought was the good of the country.

    (Of course, not doing Watergate and all the other stuff afterward would have ALSO been for the good of the country)

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    It became obvious that he was going to be impeached, convicted, and removed from office anyway, no matter what he did. He didn't admit that his conviction would have been just, though; in his resignation speech he said he was resigning because he had "lost his political base," not because he was GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY! (which he was).

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  • 8 years ago

    because he was pretty much forced to resign after Watergate

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