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Richard Nixon: Honk If You Think He Was Guilty


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Richard Nixon: Honk If You Think He Was Guilty

Michael Winship

In August 1974, 40 years ago this week, commentator Alistair Cooke faced a dilemma. The events of the Watergate scandal — “a Laurel and Hardy absurdity in the beginning,” Cooke recalled — had snowballed since 1972 from a farce of botched burglary into a severe constitutional crisis, and events were building to a big finish. A few days before, the House Judiciary Committee had voted for three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon. It seemed clear that the full House would support the committee and impeach the president, and that the Senate would convict.