The Watergate Scandal

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Political leaders of the United States were, at one time, thought of as crucial members of our society. Ideally, their main goal was to represent and satisfy the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, over the last fifty years, our trust in our administrative representatives has drastically declined. Beginning with the great conspiracy theory that President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 was actually planned by political leaders, America had, for the first time in history, begun to question its faith in its very own government. Consequently, the American people became extremely hesitant when it came to electing officials into office. Despite his loss to JFK in the 1960 presidential election, in 1968, Richard M. Nixon was …show more content…
Since the two reporters from The Washington Post were beginning to put together the entire story piece-by-piece, the government soon began conducting their own investigation. What the authorities did not know was that an inside source who had access to all of the FBI files, nicknamed “Deep Throat”, was secretly confirming information for Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward to publish in the newspaper (Crawford-Mason, Clare). It was not until 2005 when “Deep Throat” would reveal his identity as Mark Felt – the director of the FBI at the time of the Watergate Scandal (“The Watergate Story: The Post Investigates”).
While the government was leading their investigation, it soon became public that John Mitchell, the current Attorney General who had previously denied any affiliation with the instances at Watergate, had been keeping a private account specifically intended for collecting information on the Democrats (“Mitchell Controlled Secret GOP Fund”). Later, the FBI publicly declared that the Watergate incident “stemmed from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of President Nixon’s re-election and directed by officials of the White House and the Committee for the Re-election of the President” (“FBI Finds Nixon Aides Sabotaged Democrats”). While The Washington Post continued to follow the story of the Watergate Scandal, most other

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