ABSTRACT

At a decisive moment in American history, Richard M. Nixon resigned as president under threat of impeachment. The process leading to Nixon’s expulsion began in 1973, when Chairman Peter Rodino initiated an investigation of Nixon by the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives. It led the following year to Nixon’s indictment by the committee for actions “contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”… Ten days later, Nixon left the White House in disgrace. This critical period provides our first illustration of democratic heroism in American political institutions.