President Nixon: Toughing it Out with the Law

American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 59, No. 12, 1973

William & Mary Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-188

6 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2011  

William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: December 9, 1973

Abstract

This paper examines President Nixon's handling of the Watergate scandal, arguing that Nixon's stance of "toughing it out with the law" was a common ploy used during his administration to extend the breadth of the issue in question. This expansion deflected attention away from the issue of the Constitutional limits on a president's power and was used to justify a broad spectrum of powers Nixon exercised during his presidency.

Keywords: Nixon, Watergate, president

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W., President Nixon: Toughing it Out with the Law (December 9, 1973). American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 59, No. 12, 1973; William & Mary Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-188. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1969856

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