Nixon Articles of Impeachment


Nixon Articles of Impeachment - Three Articles of Impeachment were drawn against Richard Nixon in response to the Watergate scandal and cover up. In July of 1974 the House Judicial Committee approved the articles to move forward to a full vote on the House floor to impeach President Nixon. Nixon resigned from the Presidency before the vote was cast and was never officially impeached. Nixon is the only President in American History to resign from office. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton are the only Presidential impeachment by congress in American History.


Article I Obstruction of Justice

In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States, and to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice, in that:

On June 17, 1972 and prior therto, agents of the Committee for the re-election of the President Committed unlawful entry of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington , District of Columbia, for the purpose of securing political intelligence. Subsequent thereto, Richard M. Nixon , using the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his subordinates and agents in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation of such unlawful entry; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible; and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities.

The means used to implement this course of conduct or plan included one or more of the following:

  • 1. Making false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States.

  • 2. Withholding relevant and material evidence or information from lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States

  • 3. Approving, condoning, acquiescing in, and counseling witnesses with respect to the giving of false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States and false or misleading testimony in duly instituted judicial and congressional proceedings.

  • 4. Interfering or endevouring to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and Congressional Committees.

  • 5. Approving, condoning, and acquiescing in, the surreptitious payment of substantial sums of money for the purpose of obtaining the silence or influencing the testimony of witnesses, potential witnesses or individuals who participated in such unlawful entry and other illegal activities.
  • 6. Endeavouring to misuse the Central Intelligence Agency, an agency of the United States.

  • 7. Disseminating information received from officers of the Department of Justice of the United States to subjects of investigations conducted by lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States, for the purpose of aiding and assisting such subjects in their attempts to avoid criminal liability.

  • 8. Making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States into believing that a thorough and complete investigation had been conducted with respect to allegations of misconduct on the part of personnel of the executive branch of the United States and personnel of the Committee for the re-election of the President, and that there was no involvement of such personnel in such misconduct: Or

  • 9. Endeavouring to cause prospective defendants, and individuals duly tried and convicted, to expect favoured treatment and consideration i return for their silence or false testimony, or rewarding individuals for their silence or false testimony.

    In all of this, Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner 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

    Wherefore Richard M. Nixon, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.

Judiciary Committee vote: 27 to 11 in favor of impeachment


Article II Abuse of Power

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States, and to the best of his ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the Constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice in the conduct of lawful inquiries, of contravening the law of governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposes of these agencies.

Judiciary Committee vote: 28 to 10 in favor of impeachment


Article III, Defiance of Subpoenas

In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, contrary to his oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the Un States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has failed without lawful cause to excuse to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas issued by the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives on April 11, 1974; May 15, 1974; May 30, 1974; and June 24, 1974, and willfully disobeyed such subpoenas.

Judiciary Committee vote: 21 to 17 in favor of impeachment




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