THE SENATE: An Ultimatum To the President

Nowhere was confidence in President Nixon more brutally shattered by the firing of Archibald Cox than among the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate. TIME has learned that Nixon's nominations last week of a new Attorney General and a new Watergate special prosecutor were part of a deal unanimously demanded by G.O.P. Senate leaders as their price for continued support of Nixon. The details of the unusual Senate action, as pieced together by TIME Congressional Correspondent Neil MacNeil:

When Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott eventually reached White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig by telephone after the Saturday Night Massacre, Scott...

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