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Upon his resignation as a result of his involvement in the June 17, 1972 Watergate Scandal, the call to prosecute former President Richard Nixon became a key issue of debate within the United States. Being the first and only U.S. president to resign from office due to corruption charges, many argued that Nixon should be prosecuted and sentenced for his crimes while in office. However, Nixon's immediate successor, President Gerald Ford granted a full pardon for any and all crimes that Nixon committed. A controversial move, Ford maintained that issuing the pardon was in the best interests of the American people and that the move would allow for the country to move forwards.