Administration Involved /Background Info… President Nixon in charge Chief Justice: Warren E. Burger The 93rd Congress; 2nd session (1) People Involved: Congress, Nixon, Supreme Court, House of Representatives During 1974, at Washington D.C. Nixon appeared to be covering up the Watergate burglary
Possible Checks Congress could have overrode any of the President’s vetos The Congress could have stopped all of the Presidential appointments Stopped interaction They could have changed Nixon’s spending budget to almost nothing Wouldn’t allow any payments on things that might harm the country
Check Actually used… Nixon was in the process of being impeached The impeachment was approved by the Supreme Court Was being voted on in the House of Representatives Nixon resigned before it could pass (2) The Legislative Branch was checking the Executive Branch This check was used because Nixon had a lot of power, and was not using his power to be a good president
Did the Check Work? It did, and did not work at the same time Did not work Nixon resigned before the impeachment took place, therefore was not officially impeached (3) Did work Nixon saw the threat of being impeached, and resigned which was what was wanted all alongLegislative Branch had more power than Executive Took out the entire Executive Branch
Legacy of the Action Soon after the resignation, Ford became President Didn’t change the power levels All watched over each other
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