The Nation: Citizen Nixon's Legal Problems

As he contemplated the ruination of his presidency last week, the Richard Nixon displayed on the transcripts was surely musing on the legal liabilities he might face whenever he again becomes a private citizen. The range of possible difficulties is formidable. While Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski was able to persuade a grand jury that it could not indict a sitting President, his arguments do not apply to a former President. And if the President is impeached and convicted, the Constitution explicitly notes that criminal charges can still be brought.

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