08.09.

1974: U.S. President Ford Pardons his Predecessor Nixon

1974: U.S. President Ford Pardons his Predecessor Nixon
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons/ President Ford announces his decision to pardon Nixon

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  • Historical event:
  • 8 September 1974
  • The pardon was "full, free and absolute", and after that it wasn’t possible to accuse Nixon for to the Watergate scandal. 

The U.S. President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor Richard Nixon on this day in 1974.

That happened less than a month after Nixon had resigned the Presidency due to the Watergate scandal.

Ford was Nixon’s successor because he was his Vice President (and could succeed him).

Negative reactions were expected because many thought that Nixon’s resignation wasn’t enough.

But President Gerald Ford publicly pardoned Nixon in the White House on this day.

The pardon was “full, free and absolute”, and after that it wasn’t possible to accuse Nixon for to the Watergate scandal. 

Nixon didn’t want to publicly repent because he claimed he had not committed any crime.

After Ford had pardoned him, Nixon said he regretted he hadn’t reacted decisively to the Watergate scandal.

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