After Nixon resigned from office, President Ford became President of the United States. One September 8, 1974, President Ford offered Nixon a presidential pardon for his crimes. He stated in his pardon that

“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.” (Ford, 1974).

How did this pardon impact the country? Did President Ford do the right thing in pardoning President Nixon? Did the pardon help the nation heal or did it leave issues unresolved?

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