US v. Nixon

Supreme Court Case


President Nixon's colleagues were charged with the involvement of the "Watergate Affair." He tried to cover it up to save his friends by using his "executive privilege" and hold onto tapes of different conversations that he had about the scandal. The problem was appointed in the Supreme Court asking if being president makes them above the law, because President Nixon said he was as powerful a Louis XIV and shouldn't have to go to court or be punished because of the except for impeachment. They went against it, and he had to immediately had to turn in the tapes. The tapes show that Nixon might have even been a part of the break-in. This was released to the public and he resigned from his position of president.
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Amendment in Question

The whole Constitution was in question because the major thing was that the president is not above the law in any way. That means that they can't do anything against the law and get away with because they are the president. There wasn't really any specific amendment in question directly.


The Supreme Court made the decision making Nixon turn in the tapes and saying that the president is not above the law. It was a 8-0 vote, because everyone in the Supreme Court agreed to the prosecutor. They went that way because they thought that the president shouldn't be able to do whatever he wants, like hold onto tapes that are very important in finding who broke into the Watergate complex.

What the Future Holds

Now all future presidents will know that they are not above the law and that they can't do anything against the law and get away with it because they are president. It only changes the rights for the presidents knowing that they have to follow the law, too.

Dissenting Opinion

There was no dissenting opinion because the ruling was 8-0 or no one disagreed with the decision.
United States v. Nixon

Watergate Affair

Monday, June 17th 1974 at 12am

Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

This was the date of the Watergate Affair that led to the whole case of United States vs. Nixon.