Richard Nixon Pardon
Richard Nixon Pardon / In Part
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4311—Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon
- Proclamation 4311—Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon
September 8, 1974
. . . [A]s a result of certain acts or omissions occurring before his
resignation from the Office of President, Richard Nixon has become liable to
possible indictment and trial for offenses against the United States. Whether or
not he shall be so prosecuted depends on findings of the appropriate grand jury
and on the discretion of the authorized prosecutor. Should an indictment ensue,
the accused shall then be entitled to a fair trial by an impartial jury, as
guaranteed to every individual by the Constitution.
It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not
fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility
to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be
irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the
United States. The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive
debate over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a
man who has already paid the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest
elective office of the United States.
Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to
the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the
Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and
absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States
which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in
during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of September, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and seventy-four, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the one hundred and ninety-ninth.