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The Nixon Pardon, American Memory, and the Perils of Reconciliation

“[W]hen the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” – Richard Nixon to David Frost, 1977 The “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.” – John Dowd, Counsel to Donald Trump, December 4, 2017 On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford issued a proclamation pardoning his predecessor, Richard Nixon, “for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period” in which he was Read more