Impeachment process against Richard Nixon
First day of the House Judiciary Committee's formal impeachment hearings against President Nixon, May 9, 1974
|Date||October 30, 1973– August 20, 1974|
|Venue||Rayburn House Office Building|
(staff headquartered at House Annex-1)
|Target||Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States|
|Organized by||United States House Committee on the Judiciary|
|Participants||38 members of the Judiciary Committee, Peter Rodino, chairman; also, Lead counsel John Doar, Attorney James D. St. Clair, among others|
|Outcome||Resolution containing three articles of impeachment adopted July 30, 1974; resolution became moot August 9, 1974 when President Nixon resigned from office|
|Charges||Adopted: obstruction of justice, abuse of power, contempt of Congress|
Rejected: usurping congressional war powers, tax fraud
The process began on February 6, 1974, when the House granted the Judiciary Committee authority to investigate whether sufficient grounds existed to impeach President Nixon of high crimes and misdemeanors under Article II, Section 4, of the United States Constitution.
This investigation happened one year after the United States Senate created the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities to investigate the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate hotel in Washington, D.C..
On August 9, 1974, before the full House could vote on the articles of impeachment, Nixon resigned thus ending the impeachment process.
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- This article incorporates public domain material from the Congressional Research Service document "Congressional Resolutions on Presidential Impeachment: A Historical Overview" by Stephen W. Stathis and David C. Huckabee (retrieved on October 14, 2019—via University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, UNT Libraries Government Documents Department).