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A coda to the Bork nomination that never was

Here’s Archibald Cox’s take on the Saturday Night Massacre, according to a Talking Points Memo reader who heard these remarks during an undergraduate course to which Cox was speaking:

I got a call from Attorney General Richardson saying, “Professor, the President wants me to fire you.” So I said, “Well, Elliott, you do what you think is right.” And so Richardson resigned rather than fire me. Then I got a call from Deputy Attorney General Ruckelshaus, who became Attorney General when Richardson resigned. And he said, “Professor, the President wants me to fire you.” So I said, “Well, Bill, you do what you think is right” — and he resigned, too. Then I got a call from the next man in line at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Bork. He hadn’t been my student.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Jeremy Buchman says:

    Just posting a test comment. If you build it….

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