1974 September 8

President Ford issues a full and unconditional pardon of former President Nixon immunizing him from prosecution for any crime or crimes “he had committed or may have committed or taken part in” as president.

However, based on evidence uncovered by The Senate Select committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, more commonly known as “The Watergate Committee,” 69 indictments were issued with 48 convictions secured through trial or plea bargain; many of Nixon’s former senior staff were among those convicted.