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Old 10-01-2019, 05:52 AM
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What did Nixon do in his last 15 hours in office?

On August 8, 1974 at 9:01 PM Eastern Time, Richard Nixon delivered a speech announcing his resignation, which was to take effect the following day at noon.

What did Nixon do between this announcement and actually leaving office on August 9? In particular, did he carry out any official acts? I know that a lot of presidents choose to spend their last day in office granting mass pardons and commutations; did Nixon do anything like that? Did he sign or veto any bills from Congress, classify or declassify any documents, fire or appoint anyone to public office, make any business calls to national or foreign leaders, or do any other "presidential" things? If not, what was the point of waiting 15 hours after the speech to resign, rather than resigning immediately?