Nixon: A Presidential Unraveling

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Corruption in politics has never been more notably observable by the American people than that of the Watergate Crisis. Though Nixon’s involvement of the actual break-in has never been proven, his cover-up of the event and his misuse of Presidential power were clearly established. Over the course of several years, America would bear witness to scandalous events, the first resignation of a President, conviction and imprisonment of twenty-five officials within the Nixon administration, and undoubtedly the most severe constitutional crisis in recent history. In November of 1968, Richard Nixon claims the presidency for the Republicans in one of the closest elections in U.S. history. His election to office was bolstered by the middle-class…show more content…
In total, $420,000 was found to have been given to the convicted Plumbers in exchange for their silence of any White House involvement. In that same month, evidence surfaced that John Mitchell, then attorney general, was in control of a Republican fund to be used toward intelligence gathering against the Democrats. The ties to Watergate are quickly established by FBI agents and information linking the White House to the break in was solidified. Though the Watergate scandal is becoming a prominent news story everyone is clinging to, it did not sway the public from reelecting Nixon in November of 1972 with votes in excess of sixty percent making it a total victory. President Nixon’s celebration would be short-lived as members of his staff are being indicted and convicted of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in the Watergate incident. The first being convicted in January 1973 was aide G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr. with five others pleading guilty. Add to that the resignation of top White House staffers, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, in addition to Attorney General Richard Kleindienst, the dominoes were beginning to fall. For three months, the American public will develop a fixation on the televised hearings of The Senate Watergate committee, and prosecuted by Archibald Cox, in May 1973. In June, John Dean reveals the untruth of President Nixon’s earlier statement that he learned of the cover up in March 1973 when in fact he had
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