Richard Nixon And The Watergate Scandal

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“No words can describe the depths of my regret and pain at the anguish my mistakes over Watergate have caused the nation and the presidency — a nation I so deeply love and an institution I so greatly respect.” - Richard Nixon (“President Ford Pardons Richard Nixon”). On August 8, 1974 the 37th President of the United States Richard Nixon was pardoned for the Watergate Scandal by President Ford. The Watergate Scandal was where four burglars were arrested for wiretapping and stealing documents from the Democratic National Committee, that was believed to be tied in with President Richard Nixon. President Ford was not justified for pardoning Richard Nixon in the event of the Watergate Scandal because, evidence was recovered from tapes in the White House, Richard Nixon resigned from Presidency Shortly following, and Nixon also tried to fire a lawyer investigating on the scandal, a special prosecutor appointed by the attorney general who was investigating on the scandal. II. Background Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States elected in January of 1968 winning one of the closest elections in history. Nixon beat Humphrey by less than 500,000 votes (“Richard Nixon Elected President.”). Neither Richard Nixon or Humphrey received over 50 percent of the popular votes. Shortly before the next election on July 17, 1972 Burglars were arrested after breaking into Democratic National Committee. At this time the country was in the Vietnam War and the country was very much divided, and Nixon needed an advantage to win his reelections. Prior to the burglars being caught and arrested, they had previously bugged the phones, but the wiretaps failed to work properly. At approximately 2:30 a.m. the same men broke into the Democratic National Committee and tried to replant new microphones. While they were inside planting microphones a security guard noticed tape around several of the locks on the doors and called the cops. The cops showed up Just seconds before the burglars were planning to leave and caught them in the action. A few days after the crime in the Democratic National Committee Investigators suspected Nixon as part of the crime after noticing hundreds of thousands of dollars being transferred to the
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