The Watergate Scandal Of Lyndon M. Nixon

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On November 5, 1968 Richard M. Nixon was elected the 37th president of the United States. While in office Nixon dealt with an unstable economy and oversaw reforms in welfare, civil rights and more. In foreign affairs Nixon helped end the Vietnam War, reestablish contact with china and improve relations with the Soviet Union. In 1972 Nixon was reelected in a landslide victory. However, His undoing was already in the works. A few months prior to Nixon’s reelection a group of men linked to the Nixon administration were arrested in the Democratic party headquarters in Washington’s Watergate complex and what followed was one of the biggest scandals in presidential history. The Watergate scandal was revealed as a cover-up by the Nixon administration to hide involvement in illegal activities against their opponents and ultimately lead to Nixon’s resignation from his presidency on August 9, 1974. Nixon was granted a full pardon from the Ford administration a month later. A few years later Nixon was paid $600,000 by British TV personality David Frost for a string of in depth television interviews that were extremely popular amongst viewers. Between 45 and 50 million people watched the Frost Nixon interviews when they first aired in 1977. The last decades of Nixons life were spent rebuilding his reputation. He will always be remembered as the face of the embarrassing Watergate scandal however, Richard Nixon’s contributions to world peace helped to shape his legacy forever.…
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