The Watergate Scandal has turned out to be a very complicated series of crimes committed by President Richard Nixon and his staff, who were attempting to spy on and harass political opponents, accepting illegal campaign contributions, and later tried to cover up their own misdeeds. Now a term synonymous with corruption and scandal, over a period of about 2 and a half years, the Watergate scandal persisted into a puzzle that required many twists and turns that ultimately led to the president’s resignation, amidst threats of impeachment. On June 17, 1972, The Washington Post printed a story reading, “5 Held in Plot to Bug Democrats’ Office Here” The five men, one of whom previously worked for the CIA, were arrested after breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices, which were located in a office complex known as Watergate. The men were caught trying to bug the offices of the plush Watergate, by “three plain-clothes officers of the metropolitan police department in a sixth floor office…where the Democratic national Committee occupies the entire floor.” At the time of the burglary there was no explanation as to why they would want to do this. Questions also lingered, “whether or not they were working for any other individuals or organizations.” The men were captured with lock picks and door jimmies, cameras, and many rolls of unexposed film for taking pictures. The FBI was brought in to investigate the burglaries. On June 19, 1972, News was released that one of the burglars was the salaried security coordinator for President Nixon’s reelection committee. “The suspect, former CIA employee…” also held “…a separate contract to provide security services to the Republican National Committee…” The White House still appeared to have no connection to the burglaries. Even releasing statements during a press conference, seemingly appalled at the actions of the men, and denying any involvement of the White House Staff. “The public took Nixon’s word and dropped the questioning.” By October of 1972, “FBI agents [had] established that the Watergate incident stemmed from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage…” handled on behalf of the reelection efforts of President Nixon. It had even been directed by officials in the White House and the Committee for the Re-Election of the President. During the investigation, it was uncovered that “hundreds of thousands of dollars in Nixon campaign contributions had been set aside to pay for as extensive undercover campaign aimed at discrediting…Democratic presidential candidates and disrupting their campaigns.” The recent release of the Pentagon Papers to the press, seemed to be part of what was bothering Nixon. He was very angry about their release, and evermore concerned about having enough votes to win the upcoming election of 1972. Even with the pending criminal activity, and the White House’s questionable involvement, Nixon won the election by a landslide, the following month. 1973, remained eventful, as January opened with the convictions of seven men, in the Watergate incident. Two of them being “former officials of President Nixon’s re-election committee…” were found guilty of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping. “Despite repeated attempts…to find out if anyone else…was involved in the conspiracy…”the defendants did not mention any other persons. The judge presiding over the case was not convinced, neither were reporters. The Senate however, had set up a committee, to continue the investigation into the White House’s involvement. By June of 1973, the case was getting complicated as many of Nixon’s council members had been fired or resigned behind the scandal, as it continued to unfold. And then testimony was released by a former presidential counsel, confirming that President Nixon was privy to information regarding the burglaries. The informant alleged that the president was not only aware of, but involved in the Watergate cover-up;…
Part1: Explain how events such as the Vietnam War and Watergate affected the American public’s opinion of the U.S government.? Well what it’s trying to say are many Americans especially the public was affected by many events
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As president, Nixon focused on foreign affairs, hoping to bring about a generation of peace and a new world order. Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and John Erhlichman, Nixon’s closest advisor, handled much of the domestic policy, leaving Nixon to concentrate on foreign policy. Nixon did a great job at keeping our country safe and keeping peace in the world but by abusing his powers his presidency was cut short.
The Vietnam War was the major obstacle for the new president. Even before his inauguration…
a. Thesis: How do American speeches reflect scandals that rest among the United States government as well as other global entities?
II. In 1969, one of the main scandals that an American official (Ted Kennedy) was faced with was the Chappaquiddick scandal.
a. “He was reelected to the Senate the following year. Nevertheless, unanswered questions about the cause of the tragedy seriously undermined Kennedy's desirability as a national candidate. In addition, Kennedy…
In 1972 burglars were arrested inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters, located in the Watergate building in Washington D.C. These people were not just old burglars. They were a group who had already broke in before and put in wiretaps and took confidential documents. When they got arrested they were changing the wiretaps because the one previously put in was not working properly. The reason for them getting caught the second time was a guard had noticed that the locks had been taped…
The Watergate scandal has everything that presidential scandal can have. Nixon disrespected the presidency by lying to the country and abusing his power. Watergate scandal is one of the worst presidential scandals in the history of United States. It is the story of lies and corruption in the government. Due to the involvement of President in this scandal, President Nixon has to resign his presidency in the middle of his second term of his presidency. Media had played an important role in…
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The Rise and Fall of Nixon’s Watergate Scandal
July 4th, 1776 America was given Independence and the chance to start a new type of government, by the people. The government has been criticized countless times for keeping critical information from the American people. Our forefathers and framers of the Constitution set up a separation of powers to ensure enumerated power between each of the three branches of government. Political corruption has been the fear…
President Nixon’s Foreign Affairs
To many who had watched Richard M. Nixon build his political career as a Communist fighter, it must have seemed like complete irony. On July 15, 1971, Nixon announced on national television that he would become the first president ever to visit the People's Republic of China, a nation which had remained isolated from the West since the Communist revolution in 1949.
For Nixon, however, his upcoming visit represented the ultimate diplomatic triumph. Although he…
• Watergate Scandal- a political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974
• Committee to reelect the president (CREEP)- The Committee to Re-elect the President, abbreviated as CRP, later nicknamed CREEP, was a fund-raising organization for President Nixon's 1972 election campaign. Many of its members were later indicted with criminal charges relating to their actions within the CRP.
• Smoking Gun Tape- This is the transcript…
where 7 burglars were arrested
in the office complex of the Democratic National Committee, located in the Watergate
building in Washington, D.C. There was an unusual factor about this robbery, these
crooks were said to be connected to the campaign reelection of President Nixon. The
men had been caught trying to wiretap phones, and steal secret documents. Whether
Nixon knew about the watergate episode or not, he did take steps to camouflage it, he
began to raise “hush money”, money used to keep those participating quiet…
The Watergate Scandal
The Watergate Affair, is the worst political scandal in U.S. history. It led to the resignation of the president, Richard M. Nixon, after he became implicated in an attempt to cover up the scandal. "The Watergate Affair" refers to the break-in and electronic bugging
in 1972, of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate apartment, and office building complex in Washington D.C. The term was applied to several related scandals. More than thirty…