The United States Of America Vs. Richard M. Nixon



Issue
In this case, the court is asked to decide if the president had
knowledgeinvolvement in the Watergate robberies and if he had the right to
invoke Executive Privilege.

Facts

During the campaign of President Nixon's second term, a group of
burglars working for the committee to re-elect the President broke into the
headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office-
apartment complex in Washington DC, apparently in search of political
intelligence. Attempts by the White House to stop or frustrate the ensuing
investigations ultimately failed when Nixon's own White House tape recordings
revealed that the president and his assistants had engaged in an ...

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Senate established, in February of 1973, an
investigative committee held by Senator Sam Ervin, Jr., to look into the growing
scandal. Amid the disclosures of White House involvement in the Watergate
break-in and its aftermath, Nixon announced the resignation of two of his
closest advisors and the dismissal of his counsel John W. Dean III. Dean told
the Ervin committee in June that Nixon had known of the cover-up. A month later,
former White House staff member Alexander Butterfield revealed that Nixon had
secretly tape-recorded conversations in his offices. The special prosecutor Cox,
and the Ervin committee attempted to obtain such tapes but the president cited
Executive Privilege, and refused to relinquish them and attempted to have Cox
fired. This attempt failed and as a result on Oct. 20, 1973, Attorney General
Elliot L. Richardson resigned in protest. His deputy also refused and was fired.
Nixon's solicitor general, who was nest in command fired Cox. This night is
now ...

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