The Watergate Scandal Essay

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The Watergate Scandal



The mistrust most Americans feel toward the government officials and political parities of today can be traced back to the Watergate scandal of 1972, which led to the resignation of an American president. The crimes of the Watergate scandal included political burglary, bribery, extortion, wiretapping (phone tapping), conspiracy, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, tax fraud, illegal use of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), illegal campaign contributions, and use of taxpayers' money for private purposes.

On June 17, 1972, five men were arrested at 2:30 a.m. They were caught trying to "bug" the offices of the Democratic National Committee at
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There is no place in our campaign or in the electoral process for this type of activity, and we will not permit or condone it."
( What Was Watergate? by: Pamela Kilian )

Just two weeks after the arrests were made Mitchell resigned from the president's reelection committee.

When the Watergate burglary occurred, President Nixon was in the Bahamas vacationing. The leaders of the CRP were in Los Angeles and several of Nixon's top aids were in Key Biscayne, Florida. But no matter where they were, the top officials at the White House and the reelection committee learned about the break-in within forty-eight hours after it occurred. No one suggested admitting that it was a White House operation though.

Soon after the break-in, G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt Jr. were linked to the break-in. Liddy began to work with the president's reelection committee after working for the FBI. Liddy put together the plan that led to the break-in. Hunt did undercover work for Nixon. He was in the Watergate building helping to direct the burglars the night they were caught.

On September 15, 1972, Hunt, Liddy, and the Watergate burglars were indicted by a federal grand jury. They were accused of "bugging" telephones and stealing papers from the Democratic National Committee. Just two days after they were…

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