The Watergate Scandal Essay example

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Watergate, the popular name for the political scandal and constitutional crisis which broke out in 1972 during the presidential reign of Richard Nixon, remains a mysterious happening even today. Some details, people, events, degrees of involvement, and reasons are still unresolved. But what began as a third-rate burglary on June 17, 1972 escalated into a full- blown scandal that had a resounding effect on how many Americans viewed the government of their country.      Richard Nixon’s presidency and Watergate triggered a first-rate national scandal whose consequences still colour the nation’s politics. It alerted many Americans to the possible existence of corruption within their ideal, democratic…show more content…
Nixon begins to force the resignation of his advisors, his Attorney General, and others who had worked on the CREEP committee. Upon these happenings, cracks began to appear in President Nixon’s “sealing” and cover-ups of Watergate. The mysterious “Deep Throat”, jokingly named after a popular pornographic movie title of the time, became an important press informant that leaked many details to the press during the height of the Watergate scandal, especially to Washington Post’s reporter Bob Woodward. The identity of Deep Throat still remains a mystery, although Woodward said of him:      “...He was risking a great deal professionally. You may assume that      in the course of this he was not truthful with colleagues and family      members, and he denied that he had provided information.”      At this time, there was also the production of Nixon’s infamous “Enemies’ List”, which listed many colleagues that Nixon believed to be his political enemies. There was also a top secret report, published by Daniel Ellsburg, about another truth that Nixon was trying to cover- up–The United States’ true involvement in Southeast Asia (Vietnam War). This precipitated another break-in by the “plumbers”, this time to Ellsburg’s psychiatrist’s office, trying to discredit him.      On July 16, 1973, former White House aide Alexander Butterfield testified

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