• Short Summary

    The first serious moves towards the impeachment of President Nixon began in Washington on Sunday (October 21) following his dismissal on Saturday night (October 20) of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignation of Attorney-General Elliot Richardson in protest.

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    The first serious moves towards the impeachment of President Nixon began in Washington on Sunday (October 21) following his dismissal on Saturday night (October 20) of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignation of Attorney-General Elliot Richardson in protest.

    At least three Democratic Congressmen announced their intention of starting impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives which sits again on Tuesday (23 October).

    Saturday's dramatic developments came less than two weeks after the shock over the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.

    President Nixon dismissed Professor Cox -- the respected Harvard lawyer he appointed to carry out an independent investigation of watergate -- for defying his order to stop all further legal proceedings to secure White House tape recordings and documents relating to the case.

    Attorney-General, Elliot Richardson resigned rather than dismiss Mr. Cox; his Deputy William Ruckelshau also refused to dismiss Cox, and was also fired by President Nixon.

    The White House Press Secretary Ronald Zeigler called a news conference to announce Richardson's resignation. The former Attorney-General himself would not meet newsmen, saying he planned to hold a press conference next week.

    From now on, the Watergate case will be handled by the Acting Attorney-General, Mr. Robert Bork, the fourth man to be given control of the Justice Department in eighteen months.

    The Deputy Special Prosecutor Henry Ruth was stopped from taking personal papers from his office by F.B.I. representative.

    SYNOPSIS: United States Deputy Attorney-General William Ruckelshaus faced newsman as the latest Watergate developments broke in Washington on Saturday night...

    Ruckelshaus knew what the White House Press Secretary Ronald Zeigler revealed later -- that President Nixon had fired Watergate Special prosecutor Archibald Cox, that the Attorney General. Elliot Richardson had resigned in protest, and that William Ruckelshaus himself had lost his job.

    Saturday's dramatic developments came less than two weeks after the shock resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.

    President Nixon dismissed Professor Cox for defying his order to stop all further legal proceedings to secure White House tapes and documents relating to the case.

    Mr. Richardson, a long-time Nixon loyalist whom the President had considered naming Vice-President, told newsmen he would call a press conference next week. The former Solicitor general, Mr. Robert Bork, was made Acting Attorney General. The Watergate Deputy Special Prosecutor Henry Ruth later spoke to newsmen.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA66NGTO2LOO1EEG0B4FIDSFCK7
    Media URN:
    VLVA66NGTO2LOO1EEG0B4FIDSFCK7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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