If there has been any crime, it must be prosecuted. If there has been any property of the United States illegally transferred or leased, it must be recovered. I propose to employ special counsel of high rank drawn from both political parties to bring such actions for the enforcement of the law. Counsel will be instructed to prosecute these cases in the courts so that if there is any guilt it will be punished; if there is any civil liability it will be enforced; if there is any fraud it will be revealed; and if there are any contracts which are illegal they will be canceled. Every law will be enforced. And every right of the people and the Government will be protected.
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Source Notes: Source: President CALVIN COOLIDGE, statement on the Teapot Dome scandal.The New York Times, January 27, 1924, p. 1.Quoted by Senator Edward Martin, address to the Mifflin County Republican Committee, Lewistown, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1952. Congressional Record, January 28, 1952, vol. 98, Appendix, p. A400.
John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 January 5, 1933) was the twenty-ninth Vice President (1921-1923) and the thirtieth President of the United States (1923-1929), succeeding to that office upon the death of Warren G. Harding.