The Watergate Scandal Of President Nixon

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Alan Pilgreen 1. In order to accurately depict the Watergate scandal we will need to look into the history if the elements that made this event possible. In November of 1968 President Nixon was elected as president, he server from January 1969 to August 1974. President Nixon was a former Vice President to President Eisenhower from January 1953 to January 1961. In June of 1971 the New York Time began publishing documents that would be known as the Pentagon Papers. The Pentagon Papers documented the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. This published the questionable tactics and methods used by the U.S. along with many U.S. secrets to the general public. This was a great blow to the U.S. strategically and was considered to be detrimental to national security, however courts ruled that it would be unconstitutional to stop the publication of the documents. President Nixon needed to find a way to stop such leaks and a special investigative unit was created. This unit was nicknamed the Plumbers after David Young’s (a member of the special investigative unit) grandmother asked what he did in the Whitehouse. Young replied that he was, “…helping the president stop some leaks.” and his grandmother replied, “Oh, you’re a plumber!” The name stuck and henceforth the special investigative unit was known as the Plumbers. The first task the Plumbers set out to do was to discredit Daniel Ellsberg, the person who had leaked the Pentagon Papers. In order to do this they set their sights on
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