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Watergate's Saturday Night Massacre gets more interesting with age
Watergate's Saturday Night Massacre gets more interesting with age

The Saturday Night Massacre was a scorched-earth moment in the Watergate affair. On Oct. 20, 1973, the two highest-ranking members of the Justice Department, Atty. Gen. Elliot L. Richardson and his deputy, William D. Ruckelshaus, quit rather than follow President Nixon's order to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Cox and the courts were pressing the president to release White House tape recordings that might shed light on whether he had a role in covering up a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters in Washington's Watergate office complex. Nixon's move to block the special prosecutor was for most Americans their first up-close look at what the Watergate fuss, by...

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