'Saturday Night Massacre' Claims the Attorney General, Special Prosecutor
By Patrick Mondout
On October 20, 1973, Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald
Cox refuses to accept the Stennis
compromise. President Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot
Richardson to fire Cox, but Richardson refuses and resigns in protest.
Acting Attorney General Robert
Bork has no problem with the order, which he reasons will eventually
be carried out by someone in Justice, and fires Cox. These events
come to be known as the "Saturday Night Massacre."
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