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Wed Nov 27, 2019, 05:14 PM

William Ruckelshaus, Who Quit in 'Saturday Night Massacre,' Dies at 87

Source: NY Times

William D. Ruckelshaus, who resigned as deputy attorney general rather than carry out President Richard M. Nixon’s illegal order to fire the independent special Watergate prosecutor in the constitutional crisis of 1973 known as the “Saturday Night Massacre,” died on Wednesday at his home in Seattle. He was 87.

... A lawyer and political troubleshooter, Mr. Ruckelshaus twice headed the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as its founding administrator from 1970 to 1973 under Nixon, and from 1983 to 1985 under President Ronald Reagan. He won praise for laying the new agency’s foundations, and later for salvaging an E.P.A. that had strayed from its mission and lost the confidence of the public and Congress

...For many Americans, however, the deeds of Mr. Ruckelshaus’s varied career were all but eclipsed by his role in the events of a single night in the autumn of 1973, as the political dirty tricks and cover-up conspiracies of the Watergate scandal closed in on his boss, the beleaguered President Nixon.

...The dismissals, all on Saturday, Oct. 20, labeled the “Saturday Night Massacre” by news media, set off a firestorm of protest across the country. Some 300,000 telegrams inundated Congress and the White House, mostly calling for Nixon’s resignation. The outcry was so ferocious that the White House said within days that it had decided to surrender the tape recordings after all...


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BeyondGeography Nov 2019 OP
KT2000 Nov 2019 #1
Chin music Nov 2019 #2
Judi Lynn Nov 2019 #3
hlthe2b Nov 2019 #4
Bernardo de La Paz Nov 2019 #5
NCjack Nov 2019 #8
Hekate Nov 2019 #6
BumRushDaShow Nov 2019 #7
cstanleytech Nov 2019 #9
Miigwech Nov 2019 #11
murielm99 Nov 2019 #10
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 2019 #12
Kid Berwyn Nov 2019 #13

Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 05:18 PM

1. He did many things

that attested to his moral compass and integrity. They don't make Republicans like that anymore.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 05:20 PM

3. Rest in peace, Mr. Ruckelshaus. You won't be forgotten. n/t

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 05:21 PM

4. If only those today would learn from his example (and that of others of his time)

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 05:33 PM

5. If I believed in spooky stuff, I'd say it is an omen. But I don't believe in that stuff. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 06:51 PM

8. I remember Bill "Ruckelsknuckles" Ruckelshaus for his contributions to U.S. EPA.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 05:46 PM

6. RIP, Mr. Ruckelshaus, & thank you for your example in another dark time in our history

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 06:16 PM

7. Wow.

Didn't realize he was still around. He was probably endlessly shaking his head seeing history repeat.

R.I.P.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 07:38 PM

9. To bad Barr lacked the backbone to stand up to Trump and resign like this

guy did to Nixon.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 09:27 PM

11. Amen to that

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 09:25 PM

10. I did not know that any of them were still alive.

RIP

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2019, 11:32 PM

12. An endangered if not extinct species

A principled Republican.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Thu Nov 28, 2019, 11:04 AM

13. Integrity

Mr. Ruckelshaus stood up and did the right thing.

Thank you, Sir!

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