The Watergate Scandal Essay

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Watergate Political scandals are not strangers to the United
States. They date back as far as 1830, with the presidential
sex scandal and Thomas Jefferson, and in 1875 with the
Whiskey Ring and President Ulysses S. Grant (Time and
Again 1). Today we have the Iran-Contra affair with Ronald
Reagan and Whitewater with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Even
with these, it can be argued that Watergate could possibly be
the worst scandal in the history of the United States. Richard
Milihous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States,
and the only President to ever resign his office. He was born
the second of five sons, in Yorba Linda, California. His
parents were Francis Anthony and Hannah Milhous Nixon.
His career started in 1945 when
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There was allegations of the
diversion of funds from Whitewater through the Madison
Saving and Loan to cover some of the campaign debts of the
Clinton's. There were also allegations of whether the Clinton's
gained income-tax benefits from the failure of Whitewater that
they were not entitled to. To date no charges have been filed
against President Clinton or his wife Hillary (Whitewater 1).
The whole Watergate scandal, brought about charges of
political bribery, burglary, extortion, wiretapping, conspiracy,
obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, tax fraud, and
illegal use of the CIA and the FBI, campaign contributions and
taxpayers money for private matters. In all, more than 30
administration officials and other people in the Nixon
administration pleaded guilty or were found guilty of illegal
acts (Time and Again 2). The term “Watergate" came from the
Watergate Hotel in Washington D. C. In addition to a hotel,
the Watergate complex houses many business offices, one
which was the headquarters for the Democratic National
Committee. It was here that the great scandal got its very start
(Farnsworth 1). In the early morning hours of June 17, 1972 a
security guard at the Watergate Hotel called police about a
robbery. Later, five men were arrested with evidence that
linked them to the committee to re-elect the President
(NARA,1). After the Watergate scandal had been uncovered,
another group of illegal activities…