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President Ford Pardoning Richard Nixon

September 08, 1974
Source: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library

On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford announced his pardon of President Richard Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate scandal.  President Ford hoped the pardon would provide closure and allow the nation to move forward, but instead it outraged much of the American public and Congress.  Ford's approval rating fell 30 points almost immediately. 

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