Gerald R. Ford (Presidential Leaders) by Mary Mueller Winget

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Parvin himself had connections to organized crime. Ford thought Douglas should resign from the Court or be impeached (removed from office). Justice Douglas resigned from the foundation but not from the Court. Ford decided to have his office investigate. On April 15, Ford attacked Douglas personally on the House floor. ” Liberal Democrats, who admired Douglas, were outraged. They accused Ford of attacking the “integrity and independence” of the Supreme Court. Ford’s actions hurt his reputation for good leadership.

Two of them had the telephone number of Howard Hunt in their pockets. When police traced the number, it led them to the Nixon White House. Hunt was a White House consultant. The Republicans were spying on the Democrats. During police questioning, one of the men said they had been replacing a telephone bug that had stopped working. Bugging a phone is a federal crime. The police called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Suddenly, the situation had become more serious. But Nixon didn’t seem to take the crime seriously.

With the newly won seats, he would have the votes to do it. Because so many Republican seats had been lost, Ford became the senior Republican on the Appropriations Committee. The same Young Turks who had supported Ford for Republican Conference chairman wanted him to take Charles Halleck’s place as minority leader in the House. Ford talked with his family. Becoming minority leader would require a great deal of work and travel. ” The vote 50 G E R A L D R. F O R D ✧ among Republican members of the House turned out to be a close one, 73–67 in favor of Ford.

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