Nixon 's Presidency A Period Wrought With Scandal

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Nixon’s presidency—a period wrought with scandal. The most well-known of these, Watergate, a complex web of deceit, has become a political term synonymous with corruption and crime. Afraid of possible defeat in the 1972 election, Nixon and his republican associates sanctioned underhanded, illegal, acts, namely a break-in at the Democratic Party national headquarters at the Watergate complex. The break-in failed and the story was revealed to the public, despite the Nixon administration’s attempts to cover up the scandal. As a result of their insistence on covering up the infamous event, the leadership of the United States was sent spiraling into a mess of treachery and dishonesty, threatening both the nation’s stability and future. …show more content…
This was another fatal blunder. The security guard took notice of the newly placed tape and called the police, who arrived shortly after in an unmarked car wearing civilian clothing, throwing off the lookout. The police were taking a back stairwell up to the 8th floor when the criminals heard a noise and shut off their radios for good measure. The police then made it down to the 6th floor, where they went out on the balcony, revealing themselves to the lookout. However, when the watchman tried to alert the men, it was in vain. Their radios were off and they couldn 't be warned. After this final misstep, the men were apprehended by the police, who found wire-tapping equipment, cameras, film, and thousands of dollars in cash, all with consecutive serial numbers, greatly increasing the chances that the police could trace who paid them (Anderson 11-13).
There were many events leading up to the affair that set the wheels in motion and sent scandal rolling through the White House. First, Nixon lost in the 1970 Congressional elections and he, along with his associates, feared that this foreshadowed his defeat in the 1972 presidential election. In addition, there had been a serious of antiwar demonstrations in Washington in 1971, much like those that had been the downfall of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency. Nixon feared he faced a similar fate (Cruden 14-15). Secondly, during the time Nixon was campaigning for the
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