U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson appointed Archibald Cox as independent special prosecutor to investigate the break-in of the Democratic National Committee's offices at the Watergate Hotel.
May 21, 1973 Lizenz
During his investigation into the break-ins, Cox issued a subpoena to U.S. President Richard Nixon, asking for copies of taped conversations recorded in the Oval Office...
May 25, 1973 Lizenz
The president refused to comply.
April 29, 1974 Lizenz
As a compromise Nixon offered a review and summary of the tapes, done by infamously hard-of-hearing Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi. That wasn't going to fly with Cox.
March 01, 1960 Lizenz
In an unprecedented move, on Saturday October 20, 1973, Nixon gives the orders to AG Richardson to fire Archibald Cox.
January 01, 1975 Lizenz
In protest, Attorney General Richardson resigned rather than follow Nixon’s directive.
March 09, 1974 Lizenz
Nixon then pivoted to Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned.
May 03, 1976 Lizenz
The proverbial gun for the firing was then handed to the Solicitor General of the United States, Robert Bork, who was next in line to head the Justice Department.
October 22, 1973 Lizenz
Nixon gave the order and Bork fired Cox.
October 11, 1973 Lizenz
Leon Jaworski was later brought in to lead the Watergate inquiry. Jaworski followed in Cox's footsteps and went right to the tapes
November 01, 1973 Lizenz
When the tapes were released they confirmed that Nixon had lied and obstructed justice.
Faced with impeachment and conviction, Nixon resigned.
August 08, 1974 Lizenz
G. Gordon Liddy
E. Howard Hunt