Gerald Ford admitted (in a recently released interview) that his personal friendship with Richard Nixon played a part in his decision to pardon Nixon for his crimes in the Watergate scandal.
Ford told reporter Bob Woodward (who of course helped uncover Watergate) "I looked upon him as my personal friend. And I always treasured our relationship. And I had no hesitancy about granting the pardon, because I felt that we had this relationship and that I didn't want to see my real friend have the stigma."
In other words, Gerald Ford put personal friendship ahead of country, and justice.
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