William S. Cohen Papers | House Judiciary
MS 18.104.22.168 Judiciary Committee Records 1969-1980 43 boxes
Cohen was a member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee from
1973-1979. The papers in this section are concerned with issues,
which were under the jurisdiction of this committee, and they
include Cohen's papers from the Nixon impeachment inquiry of 1974.
This inquiry was conducted due largely to what has become known as
the Watergate scandal. On June 17, 1972, five men broke into the
headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate
Hotel in Washington, D.C. They were arrested and charged with
burglary and wiretapping. Former White House aide E. Howard Hunt,
Jr., and G. Gordon Liddy, who was the general counsel for the
Committee for the Re-election of the President, were also arrested.
Nixon denied any involvement in this break-in, but he was later
implicated in the cover-up.
During the course of the impeachment inquiry articles of impeachment
were drafted by William Cohen and other members of the House
Judiciary Committee. These articles were passed, and, rather than
face almost certain impeachment, Nixon announced his resignation on
August 8, 1974. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee records are
arranged into seven groupings: a) general files, b) the Gerald R.
Ford vice presidential confirmation records, c) the Richard M. Nixon
impeachment inquiry records, d) the Nelson A. Rockefeller vice
presidential confirmation records, e) newsman's privilege, f) speedy
trial, and g) women's rights.
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