The first serious moves towards the impeachment of President Nixon began in Washington on Sunday (October 21) following his dismissal on Saturday night (October 20) of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignation of Attorney-General Elliot Richardson in protest.
SCU Mr. William Ruckelshaus being questioned by Reporters. Then enters car drives off.
SV INT. Zeiglar speaking at presser.
CU Zeiglar speaking to press.
SV & CU Reporters listen to Seiglar (4 shots)
SV Press release distributed.
SV Reporters rush out of room
SV PAN Richardson driving into his home followed by rush of reporters.
SV PAN Acting Attorney General
SCU INT. Ruth speaking.
Reporter: "What's your general reaction to the news of the day?"
RUCKEL SHAUS: "Well, there'll be an announcement out of the White House later on. I can't say a thing."
REPORTER: "Will it have to do with the resignation of the Attorney-General?"
RUCKEL SHAUS: "Well it might .. but you'll have to get it from them. Excuse me."
REPORTER: "Thank you, Bill."
RUTH: "I was met downstairs in this building by a guard who said, "No longer allowed in this building" and I said "Well I'm Deputy Special Prosecutor" and the guard said "Well you're no longer allowed in this building" and I said "Well I have some personal papers here that I would like to take out" and under the Constitution I understand I could walk in and do that and he said "Well you can go up to the 9th floor, but they'll stop you". So I came up to the 9th floor and a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said they had been ordered by the White House to seal off our area and not to let any official papers leave the building. I said "How about personal papers" and they said "Fine". Fifteen minutes after I was in my office the F.B.I. representative called me. They had just been told no personal papers could leave the building and that the office of Special Prosecutor did not exist at all".
Ruckelshaus SOF; Zeigler speaks at news conference; reporters; Richardson drives home; Acting Attorney General Bork; Deputy Special Prosecutor Henry Ruth SOF.
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Background: The first serious moves towards the impeachment of President Nixon began in Washington on Sunday (October 21) following his dismissal on Saturday night (October 20) of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and the resignation of Attorney-General Elliot Richardson in protest.
At least three Democratic Congressmen announced their intention of starting impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives which sits again on Tuesday (23 October).
Saturday's dramatic developments came less than two weeks after the shock over the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.
President Nixon dismissed Professor Cox -- the respected Harvard lawyer he appointed to carry out an independent investigation of watergate -- for defying his order to stop all further legal proceedings to secure White House tape recordings and documents relating to the case.
Attorney-General, Elliot Richardson resigned rather than dismiss Mr. Cox; his Deputy William Ruckelshau also refused to dismiss Cox, and was also fired by President Nixon.
The White House Press Secretary Ronald Zeigler called a news conference to announce Richardson's resignation. The former Attorney-General himself would not meet newsmen, saying he planned to hold a press conference next week.
From now on, the Watergate case will be handled by the Acting Attorney-General, Mr. Robert Bork, the fourth man to be given control of the Justice Department in eighteen months.
The Deputy Special Prosecutor Henry Ruth was stopped from taking personal papers from his office by F.B.I. representative.
SYNOPSIS: United States Deputy Attorney-General William Ruckelshaus faced newsman as the latest Watergate developments broke in Washington on Saturday night...
Ruckelshaus knew what the White House Press Secretary Ronald Zeigler revealed later -- that President Nixon had fired Watergate Special prosecutor Archibald Cox, that the Attorney General. Elliot Richardson had resigned in protest, and that William Ruckelshaus himself had lost his job.
Saturday's dramatic developments came less than two weeks after the shock resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.
President Nixon dismissed Professor Cox for defying his order to stop all further legal proceedings to secure White House tapes and documents relating to the case.
Mr. Richardson, a long-time Nixon loyalist whom the President had considered naming Vice-President, told newsmen he would call a press conference next week. The former Solicitor general, Mr. Robert Bork, was made Acting Attorney General. The Watergate Deputy Special Prosecutor Henry Ruth later spoke to newsmen.