New Book releases previously unpublished information about the days before Nixon's resignation

During the month of October 1973, Richard Nixon was under a great deal of pressure to deal with the Yom Kippur War, the Soviet Union, the Agnew scandal, and the Watergate scandal, all leading up to the day called "The Saturday Night Massacre."
The Saturday Night Massacre Book Cover
The Saturday Night Massacre Book Cover
WASHINGTON - Feb. 24, 2015 - PRLog -- The Saturday Night Massacre

What Really Happened on October 20, 1973?

by James Kirkpatrick Davis

This will be the only book to report previously unpublished information about what actually happened during the single most dramatic event of the Watergate scandal ― the Saturday Night Massacre. Events, beginning with October 1, are reported in growing intensity on each succeeding day of this month until October 20 is reached. On that night the Nixon presidency was hit with a fatal sledgehammer blow.

During this month, Nixon was under enormous, nearly unbelievable pressure to deal with the Yom Kippur War, the Soviet Union, the Senate Select Committee hearings, the Watergate Special Prosecution Force investigation, the Agnew scandal, the U.S. military re-supply for Israeli military forces, the worldwide military alert and the U.S. Court of Appeal’s decision on the Nixon tapes then under subpoena.

On this date, October 20, Attorney General Elliott Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus both refused a direct presidential order to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and both resigned. Cox was then fired by Nixon’s new Acting Attorney General Robert H. Bork. The Watergate Special Prosecution Force was abolished. That same evening White House chief of staff, Alexander Haig, ordered FBI Director Clarence M. Kelley to instruct FBI special agents to take physical control of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force facility and the Justice Department offices of Richardson and Ruckelshaus. In this stunning development, the FBI secured all three offices; only personal items could be removed by staff. Following these astonishing events Congress was outraged. Eighty-four impeachment resolutions were introduced in the House of Representatives.

This manuscript will provide the most extensive information ever written about the FBI’s participation in the events October 20. Documentation is provided by exclusive interviews with the late former Director of the FBI, Clarence M. Kelley, and by new interviews with FBI special agents ordered into action that night. Supplementary documentation is provided by exclusive unpublished FBI internal intelligence documents together with original documents from the Harvard Law School Library.

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ISBN-Print: 978-1-62249-236-7

ISBN-eBook: 978-1-62249-238-1

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