Senator Edward M. Kennedy, brother of the late President, said on Thursday (13 September 1973)?
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, brother of the late President, said on Thursday (13 September 1973) that Congress would have no choice but to impeach President Nixon if he defied any Supreme Court order to surrender tape recordings of conversations on the Watergate Affair. The speech was the first major attack from the Senate floor on the President's refusal to give up the tapes to the Senate Watergate Committee and Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who have subpoenaed them.
The White House has said Mr. Nixon will abide by a "definitive" ruling of the Supreme Court, where the case is certain to end up, but it has declined to define the term "definitive". The tapes could confirm or refute assertions that the President had early knowledge of the attempt to cover-up the bugging of the Democratic Party headquarters, at Watergate.
Senator Kennedy said Presidential defiance of the Supreme Court would be tantamount to conducting a bloodless coup d'etat.