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Clinton Awards Presidential Medal To Archibald Cox

Archibald CoxArchibald Cox, the Watergate Special Prosecutor sacked by President Richard Nixon in the famous “Saturday Night Massacre” of 1973, has been awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton.

The medal was ironically established by Nixon in 1969 to honor exemplary service. Clinton said that “the greatest title any of us can hold is that of citizen”.

Clinton also awarded the medal posthumously to another former Watergate prosecutor, Charles Ruff, who also acted for Clinton in his Senate impeachment trial in 1999.

Charles Ruff, Watergate Prosecutor, Dies, 61

Charles Ruff, former Watergate Prosecutor, has died, aged 61.

Ruff is best known for the leading role he played in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999.

During Watergate, Ruff prosecuted some of Richard Nixon’s fundraisers over taking illegal contributions. He became the Watergate prosecutor in 1975.

Ruff also investigated Gerald Ford over illegal campaign contributions, but found no evidence against the former president.

Ruff was born on August 1, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio. He contracted an unknown virus in Liberia shortly after completing law school which left him paralysed.

He became President Clinton’s chief legal adviser in 1997 at the height of the Whitewater investigations.

Remarks By President Clinton At Richard Nixon’s Funeral

President Bill Clinton spoke at Richard Nixon’s funeral at Yorba Linda.

Remarks by President Clinton at funeral of Richard Nixon.

President Nixon opened his memoirs with a simple sentence: “I was born in a house my father built.” Today, we can look back at this little house and still imagine a young boy sitting by the window of the attic he shared with his three brothers, looking out to a world he could then himself only imagine. From those humble roots, as from so many humble beginnings in this country, grew the force of a driving dream — a dream that led to the remarkable journey that ends here today where it all began. Beside the same tiny home, mail-ordered from back East, near this towering oak tree which, back then, was a mere seedling. [Read more…]

Complete Video Of Richard Nixon’s Funeral Service

This is video from the Clinton Library of the funeral of former President Richard Nixon.

Representative Is “Out of Step,” Clinton Charges


FLIPPIN — United States Representative John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison is wrong in opposing President Nixon’s resignation and is wrong in questioning whether the president has committed an impeachable offense, Bill Clinton of Fayetteville, Hammerschmidt’s opponent, said here Wednesday.

In the wake of the president’s admission Monday that he had lied about his role in the Watergate coverup, Hammerschmidt said, “We need to do our duty as quickly as possible. We should have done it a year ago.”

“I don’t see how in the world he can say that when a year ago he was saying we should forget about it and he voted against giving funds for the House Judiciary Committee staff,” Clinton said.

Hammerschmidt flatly opposed resignation. [Read more…]