Elliot Richardson

  • The Saturday Night Massacre

    Said President Nixon: “Brezhnev would never understand it if I let Cox defy my instructions.” Said Attorney General Elliot Richardson: the Cox “position was not only defensible but right.” The clash of wills between these two tough-minded men, over the diligence of a third, equally tough-minded man, Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, produced a political showdown unprecedented in this nation’s history. One of the participants tells the story as he remembers it.