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Bette, Edward, (fl. 1973-1974) to Congressman Carlos J. Moorhead

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09613.02.0193 Author/Creator: Bette, Edward, (fl. 1973-1974) Place Written: Goleta, California Type: Typed letter signed Date: 1973-1974 Pagination: 1 p. ; 27.9 x 21.5 cm.

Summary of Content: One letter from Edward Bette to Congressman Carlos J. Moorhead dated 1973-1974. Bette supports the impeachment of President Nixon. He mentions Nixon's disregard for separation of powers, firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, and the national security surrounding impeachment. He writes, "I can ask in the interest of our national security that your urge and participate in the procedure laid out by our forefathers to examine lawfully whether the present trustee of the office of the presidency be worthy of his post."

Background Information: The Saturday Night Massacre took place the evening of Saturday, October 20, 1973. President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox; Richardson refused and resigned. Nixon ...then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox; Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned. Nixon then ordered Solicitor General Robert Bork, the third senior member of the Justice Department, to fire Cox. Bork considered resigning, but did as Nixon asked. The reactions to Nixon's actions were highly damaging to the president. A new special counsel was appointed on November 1, 1973, and on November 14, 1973, a court ruled that the dismissal had been illegal.
Carlos J. Moorhead was born on May 5, 1922 in Long Beach, California. He was elected Representative for the 43rd Assembly District of California from 1966 until 1972. During his tenure, Moorhead was Vice Chair of the Natural Resources, Planning and Public Works Committee, and a member of the California Law Revision Commission. Moorhead left the Assembly after being elected in 1972 to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican. He was elected to represent California's 20th district beginning his term in the House in 1973, Moorhead served on the Judiciary Committee during the impeachment hearings of President Nixon. Moorhead voted no on all three Articles of Impeachment adopted by the House Judiciary Committee on July 27, 1974.
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People: Moorhead, Carlos J., 1922-2011
Nixon, Richard Milhous, 1913-1994
Bette, Edward, fl. 1973-1974
Cox, Archibald, 1912-2004

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: WatergateImpeachmentPresident

Sub Era: The Seventies

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