U.S. v. Nixon (1974) -iCivics
From iCivics’ Landmark Library
- Describe basic events surrounding the Watergate break-in.
- Explain the president’s privilege of confidentiality.
- Identify the main arguments put forth in the case.
- Describe the Supreme Court’s reasons for requiring Nixon to turn over his tapes.
- Identify the tension between the president’s privilege and the needs of the criminal justice system.
- Recognize that the president is not above the law.
- Evaluate a president’s need for confidential communications.
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