President Ford's Courageous Move: Testifying Before Congress

By Carl M. Cannon - October 17, 2014

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Forty years ago today, Gerald R. Ford made a most extraordinary gesture for a U.S. president: On his own initiative, he testified before Congress on the subject of his pardoning of Richard Nixon. The power to issue pardons and clemency orders, enshrined in the Constitution, is inviolate. And 31 days into his presidency, Ford employed that prerogative in a way that would compromise his chances of...

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