U.S. v. Nixon Oral Arguments

The oral arguments of U.S. v. Nixon concerned the executive privilege of the president regarding his unwillingness to voluntarily turn over… read more

The oral arguments of U.S. v. Nixon concerned the executive privilege of the president regarding his unwillingness to voluntarily turn over tape recordings of several meetings over a nine-month period concerning the Watergate cover-up. Mr. St. Clair argued that the president had the right to keep the tapes based on his position as the country’s chief executive. Mr. Jaworski argued that the president was justicable because he was found to be an individual unindicted co-conspirator, and, the tapes, as evidence in a criminal trial, should be utilized in the prosecution or defense of those under indictment. Only one week later, Chief Justice Warren Burger delivered the unanimous opinion forcing the president to turn over those tapes deemed evidence in a criminal trial. In U.S. v. Nixon the Court ruled that the president must surrender tapes of recorded conversations, which had been subpoenaed in a criminal conspiracy trial. Chief Justice Burger reasoned that a broad claim of privilege, while rooted in the separation of powers, must yield to the demands of justice and a fair trial. Seventeen days after the opinion was announced, President Nixon became the first president in U.S. history to resign. close

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U.S. v. Nixon Oral Arguments

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Program ID:
59251-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 6, 1994
Last Aired:
Aug 7, 1994

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  • Aug 06, 1994 | 7:08pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 07, 1994 | 2:33am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 07, 1994 | 7:56am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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