Nixon Resigns

Articles of Impeachment

Following the release of the Oval Office tapes, the smoking gun tape in particular, the House Judiciary Committee drafted three articles for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon. The articles charged Nixon with obstruction of justice in the Watergate case, violating the rights of certain citizens with regard to the administration of justice and unconstitutionally denying the committee's subpoenas.

From Friend to Foe

The tape release caused Nixon to lose all the remaining support from the House and Senate. On August 7, Nixon met with three top Republican politicians to discuss his political status with them. All three men agreed that his prospects were not good.

A New Beginning

The next day, Nixon announced on public television that he would resign the presidence at noon the next day. On August 9 at 11:53 a.m., his letter of resignation was delivered to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. At 12:03 p.m, Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States.

Nixon leaves the White House

Nixon leaves the White House for the last time on Air Force One.

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