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 …show more content…
On the evening of August 8th 1974 President Richard Nixon gave his last speech ever as the face of the United States. His resignation changed the ideas of political trust in the country. The Watergate scandal destroyed the reputations and revised the rule of law and politics.

II. The Infamous Watergate Scandal In 1972 Washington police arrest five burglars with political at the highest levels. The president is under fire. Washington DC, May 28th 1972, a presidential election is less than six months away. Five burglars meet in front of the Watergate complex with a simple plan; break into the Democratic National Committee headquarters on the sixth floor.1 This is a crew compromised of Cuban Americans, ex CIA agents flown in from Miami. They’re on assignment from Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy. Both men work for the committee to reelect President Richard Nixon.

2 In a Gallup poll released May 1st president Nixon has a double digit lead over his likely Democratic opponent in Senator George McGovern of South Dakota.2 Midnight, May 28th 1972 Hunt and Liddy wait at the Watergate hotel across the street while a locksmith on the burglars team opens the front door of the DNC offices. Minutes later he radios hunt with the code message “The Horse is in the house” translation the men are inside.3 1:30am the
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