September 8, 1974

Wikimedia Commons “In a controversial executive action, President Gerald Ford pardons his disgraced predecessor Richard M. Nixon for any crimes he may have committed or participated in while in office. Ford later defended this action before the House Judiciary Committee, explaining that he wanted to end the national divisions created by the Watergate scandal.”

“Exactly one month after Nixon announced his resignation, Ford issued the former president a ‘full, free and absolute’ pardon for any crimes he committed while in office. The pardon was widely condemned at the time.”

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