Who pardoned Richard Nixon for his role in Watergate?A) the United States Congress B) the Supreme Court C) Gerald Ford D) Jimmy Carter

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The answer to this question is C.  Only C or D would be possible and the correct answer of those two is C.

Only the President of the United States can pardon someone for a federal conviction (or, in Nixon's case for a possible conviction in the future).  Neither the US Congress nor the Supreme Court of the United States has the power to pardon.  Therefore, A and B cannot be correct.

Gerald Ford was Nixon's second vice president and was therefore the person who became president when Nixon had to resign.  In an effort to put the Watergate scandal behind the country, Ford pardoned Nixon soon after Ford became president.