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1 Nixon and the Watergate Scandal Adrian Tillman HIS/145 the American Experience After 1945 January 5, 2012 Dr. Bernnell Peltier 2 Nixon and the Watergate Scandal In 1968 Richard Nixon became the 37th President of the United States of America. Only serving one full term, he also was under heavy scrutiny and the only President to resign from office. His resignation came before his inevitable impeachment from Congress. With the resignation of his Vice President Spiro Agnew (in 1973 because of bribes and kickbacks; Brinkley…show more content…
“With public awareness of Watergate affair reading 97 percent, two-thirds of those surveyed in a Gallup poll in early June said they believed President Nixon was involved in either the planning or cover-up of the case” (NY Times 1973). Nixon’s Resignation On August 9, 1974 Richard Nixon resigned from the office of the United States of America. On July 30, 1974 Congress with its House Judiciary Committee, issued three articles of impeachment. “"Richard M. Nixon has acted in a manner contrary to his trust as president and subversive of constitutional government, to the great prejudice of the cause of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the people of the United States” ("Impeachment History" 2007 Pearson Education). In the article “The Nixon Resignation” (NY Times 1974), the author points to Americans to have pride and dignity. He goes on to summarize that though Nixon was a diplomatic president he was not trust worthy. He also goes on to say that America’s judicial process was a fair one. “One can have pride in the institutions that have proved strong and resilient enough to surmount the severe internal danger with which the Presidency of Richard M Nixon threatened this Republic” (NY Times 1974 pg. 32). Although Nixon was very respectable with other foreign countries like Russia and
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