Benton Becker


In this article, Gerald R. Ford’s counsel during Ford’s confirmation to the vice presidency under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment recounts the process, including investigations into Ford as part of the process and the confirmation hearings in the Senate and House of Representatives. The Article also discusses aspects of Ford’s tenure as Vice President, particularly efforts by White House officials to enlist Ford in defending President Richard Nixon amid the Watergate scandal and Ford’s response to those efforts. The Article is adapted from the author’s remarks at the symposium The Adequacy of the Presidential Succession System in the 21st Century, which was held at Fordham University School of Law on April 16 and 17, 2010.

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