Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Forty years ago this evening, July 27, 1974, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee charged President Richard M. Nixon with the first of three articles of impeachment for obstruction of justice.
The charge stemmed from the President's continuing refusal to release the audio tape recordings made of his conversations about the Watergate affair.
Article 1* was adopted by a vote of 27-11 by the Committee meeting in Room 2141 of the Rayburn Office Building here in the Nation's Capital.
On April 29, 1974 Nixon released edited transcripts of his conversations but steadfastly refused to give up the original tape recordings.
In his conduct of the office of President...Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath...and in his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice..
Summation of the charges....
1. making false or misleading statements
2. withholding relevant and material evidence or information
3. approving (or) condoning false or misleading statements
4. interfering with the...investigations by the Department of Justice, FBI,etc.
5. approving...payment of...money (to)...obtain silence of witnesses
6. endeavoring to misuse the CIA
7. disseminating information received from...the Department of Justice
8. deceiving the people of the United States
9. offering favored treatment or rewards for silence or false testimony
In all of this, Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as President and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.
BOB HOPE DIED 11 YEARS AGO
Toluca Lake, California (JFK+50) Bob Hope, the man who entertained thousands of American soldiers in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, died eleven years ago today, July 27, 2003.
Bob Hope, who was 100 years old at the time of his death, appeared in more than 50 feature films, hosted the Academy Awards eighteen times and was the host of 284 television specials.
Hope had a very distinctive nose. In the White House Rose Garden when President John F. Kennedy presented Hope with a gold medal, the comedian said he would have asked for a "nose job" for the medal, "but it would have meant less gold".