"In all of his Presidency, President Ford will probably face no more difficult decision than what to do about President Nixon."
Memo from Leonard Garment, former Counsel to President Nixon, to Philip Buchen, Counsel to President Ford. August 28, 1974.
President Ford met with Buchen on August 28 a few hours after his first press conference . With the numerous questions about Richard Nixon asked by the press still on his mind, the President asked Buchen to begin research the legal precedents for Presidential pardons and look into how long it might take for Nixon to be brought to trial if indicted.