The Watergate scandal involving countless illegal activities conducted by the Nixon administration caused the largest constitutional crisis in American history. The scandal began to unravel and continued to grow in the early morning of June 17, 1972, when police arrested five men led by James McCord Jr., who had broken into the Democratic Party's national headquarters at the Watergate office and apartment complex in Washington, D.C. The men had cameras and electronic bugging devices. A connection was discovered to the Republican Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP). The burglars were found with documents that implicated White House consultant E. Howard Hunt and CREEP aide G. Gordon Liddy. Presidential Counsel John Dean, who testified at the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, headed by North Carolina's Democratic Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., named names including Richard Nixon as having approved the burglary. Alexander P. Butterfield, a secret service agent, revealed in testimony that presidential conversations at the White House had been tape recorded since 1971.
Special Prosecutor ARCHIBALD COX (1912-2004) sought the tapes as evidence and Nixon "stonewalled." Nixon also refused to comply with Judge John Sirica's order to release them. Cox sued to get the tapes and Nixon fired him on Oct. 20, 1973, in what became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre." The firing of Cox sparked fury throughout the country and is often credited as being the precipitating factor that led the House Judiciary Committee to vote articles of impeachment, which led to Nixon's resignation.
Offering a typed quote signed by Cox, no date or place: "I confess that I cannot understand how we can plot, lie, cheat and commit murder abroad and remain humane, honorable, trustworthy and trusted at home." Excellent condition and an incredible piece of history signed by one of the 20th centuries most important players in the struggle to uphold the strongest ethics of government and elected officials.
On a yellow card. In excellent condition.
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