Un re opens inquiry into pardoned official after claims the Government had refused to respond to claims by whistleblower Michael Ferguson
US President Donald Trump pardoned former Michigan President Richard Nixon after admitting to a “massive cover-up” during his presidency in 1972, a watchdog group revealed on Friday.
The US Senate Judiciary Committee has been investigating Nixon’s pardon over allegations he failed to respond to a letter sent by former Michigan governor George Romney, who described him as a major architect of the Watergate scandal, which included the break-in of Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972.
Nixon had to pay $15.9m (£9m) in fines to a US court to pay for the damages and his resignation from office.
Ferguson, who led a team of lawyers led by famed lawyer Charles Colson who launched the landmark Watergate suit, called on Trump on Thursday to order a thorough examination into the matter.
On Friday, the committee held an open hearing, which saw a series of witnesses, including the former governor, talk of the Nixon probe, with an aide arguing there was no “immediate need” for the president to act.
“I would hope that this inquiry would not become politicised. That it would be conducted under the rules as they are,” Colson said, adding: “I would think 최고의 퀄리티it would be prudent not to start any inquiry, that is until he has addressed the questions that have been raised.”
Trump pardoned the former president, who was charged with obstruction of justice in the 1973 Watergate scandal, saying, “I feel that the time has come for Mr Nixon to move on to pursue another path,” in a statement released to reporters on Thursday evenin인터넷 카지노g.
“I am grateful to Governor Romney for his service to our country and to his family,” Trump added, adding that his decision to hand out the pardon “will be a huge honor for my family.”
During the hearing Colson, now a partner at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, told Trump that a “smoking gun” of his letter was evidence that 제천출장샵Nixon had concealed the size of a bribe he received in 1976 when he was denied a second term by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives as a protest against his refusal to resign.
At the time, he was also facing a possible trial on charges of tax evasion and perjury. The committee has been examining whether Nixon sought to conceal the size of his $200,000 settlement with the US Treasury Department over the allegations while in office.