When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal
Richard Nixon was a politician and a very complicated man. Proud of his humble origins in a family that worked their way out of hardship, he was also fiercely resentful of opponents he felt had had too easy a time in life.
He created national parks and launched the National War on Cancer with legislation supporting research into the disease.
Yet “Tricky Dicky” was also capable of great personal dishonesty which led to the Watergate scandal and, ultimately, his own downfall. He also kept a personal “Enemies List” which bizarrely even included unlikely figures like Barbara Streisand.
President Nixon achieved much, reviving his career several times, including after appearing to give up politics forever in the 1960s. A Republican and famous anti-communist, he nevertheless reopened US relations with China as president.
But his career ended badly. The Watergate Scandal followed an attempted burglary at Democrat headquarters, which led to rumours of a cover up by the Nixon administration. The president promised there would be “no whitewash at the White House” but was soon implicated in just that.
Nixon always hated to be thought of as a “quitter” but resigned his office before he was impeached. In nearly 250 years of U.S. political history, he remains the only president to have stood down.