Robert asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 5 months ago

Why did President Gerald Ford pardon Nixon, and not publicly hang him instead?

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Precedent. Republicans wanted the office of the Presidency to be above the law. They got their wish.

    Anyway it was a condition of Reagan resigning that Ford agreed to pardon him.

  • Jeff
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    1.  There was no death penalty in the U.S. at the time

    2.  Nixon was never tried much less convicted of any crime

    3.  Had Nixon been convicted of obstructing justice it wouldn't be punishable by death

    What Nixon did is nothing compared to what other presidents have done such as Obama giving guns to Mexican drug lords so they could murder border patrol agents and even that wouldn't deserve the death penalty.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Hang him for what? He was never impeached or convicted of any crime. Ford  explained that he felt the pardon was in the best interests of the country and that the Nixon family's situation was "a tragedy in which we all have played a part. It could go on and on and on, or someone must write the end to it. I have concluded that only I can do that, and if I can, I must."

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Ford was part of the oligarchy. There was a lot of outrage by people who were angry Nixon escaped justice. Ford lost the 1976 election so his role in the pardon paid a price. 

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  • John
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    There was no deal between Ford and Nixon. The military went to Defcon 3 when Nixon resigned.

  • Phil
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Because Nixon gave him the top job.

    You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, quid Pro Quo.

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