Because it was Nixon's dismissal of the Special Prosecutor, Archibald Cox
, that set that train in motion.
That is one of the essential lessons of Watergate: It was only after former US president Richard Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox
that a firestorm of public protest erupted, resulting in the eventual unravelling of the Nixon presidency.
Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania said in an interview that McGahn "prevented an Archibald Cox
moment," referring to the special prosecutor ordered fired by President Richard M.
Although Nixon did fire the first independent prosecutor, Archibald Cox
, in the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre," another was installed and Nixon ultimately resigned rather than face impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate.
The questions raised by todays hearing are no less significant than those confronted by Archibald Cox
during the Saturday Night Massacre: Is ours a government of laws or a government of men?
But Rosenstein would assume the Elliot Richardson role in the Saturday Night Massacre, when that AG refused to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox
, resigned, and was canonized as a martyr by the Never-Nixon media.
The attorney general at the time, Elliot Richardson, appointed a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox
, to investigate Nixon.
The defining myth of the special prosecutor story remains President Richard Nixon's dismissal of Archibald Cox
in 1973 -- a firing that hastened Nixon's fall from power -- and hardly anybody who doesn't happen to have a keen interest in history remembers the identity of Cox's successor.
In October 1973, Nixon ordered the dismissal of a newly appointed special prosecutor, Archibald Cox
, who had issued a subpoena demanding that Nixon hand over secretly recorded-and, as would become clear, highly damning-White House tapes.
En 1973, Nixon ordeno al fiscal general, Elliot Richarson, asi como al fiscal general adjunto, William Ruckelshaus, despedir al fiscal encargado de investigar el espionaje que se habia realizado al Partido Democrata en el hotel Watergate de Washington, Archibald Cox
In October 1973, Nixon, waiting until a weekend, ordered the dismissal of a newly appointed special prosecutor, Archibald Cox
, who had issued a subpoena demanding that Nixon hand over secretly recorded - and, as would become clear, highly damning - White House tapes.
The only precedent is Richard Nixon's firing of the Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox