the time the Hiss case broke, Richard Nixon
was a first-term Republican Congressman from
California and a member of HUAC. It was Nixon
who pursued Whittaker
Chambers' story when other members of
HUAC seemed ready to drop the matter after Hiss's
impressive appearance before the committee in
early August, 1948.
questionable behavior in 1948 included colluding
with Chambers; leaking secret HUAC testimony;
offering knowingly misleading testimony to the
Hiss case grand jury.
the years, Nixon would be quoted on a number
of occasions as having said that he and his
associates either built or found the Woodstock
typewriter, which was placed in evidence by
the defense. Nixon's statements have raised
continuing questions about whether the typewriter
was planted and the evidence against Hiss forged.
was elected to the United States Senate in 1950.
He was twice elected vice president of the United
States (in 1952 and 1956) and was twice elected
president (in 1968 and 1972). In 1974, shortly
before his expected impeachment by the House
of Representatives for his illegal actions that
led to the Watergate scandal, he became the
first president to resign the office.