The Watergate Scandal Of America

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America has always been viewed as a country of freedom and hope, a place that rose from the ashes of war to become a great and shining place that welcomes all. Thinking of it like this is simply not how history works, however; we’ve had many dark times and secrets and twisted ways of dealing with anything and everything, and not all of our leaders have been ambitious and compassionate presidents. This comes most blatantly into play with the Watergate Scandal, a trail of deceit and cover-ups that lead Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States, to his resignation from the government. On June 17, 1972, there was an attempted burglary at the Watergate office complex. A security guard named Frank Wills noticed tape covering a few latches here and there and removed them unconcernedly, only to find them back again a while later. There were five men in the DNC at this point and they were promptly arrested. Unbeknownst to most at the time, there had been another burglary before June 17th, on May 28th, and two phones were wiretapped in the process. The reason there was a second break-in was due to repairs. These were both performed by the White House Plumbers, a group formed in 1971 under Nixon to stop security leaks. They eventually branched out into illegal affairs, like the Watergate burglary. Nixon was skeptical when presented with the reports of the burglary. There was evidence on tape that he had not known about the affair previously and that was good enough for…

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