Watergate Essay

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Watergate


“Watergate” is a term used to describe a complex web of political scandals occurring between 1972 and 1974.
Although twenty-five years has passed since the notorious President Nixon resigned from office, the infamous legacy left by Richard Nixon and his administration will never be forgotten, leaving the American people with distrust among Politicians and disrespect for the American Presidency. In August 1968, Nixon stated at a Republican convention, “America is in trouble today not because her people have failed but because her leaders have failed (Porter, 206).” This ironic quote foreshadows the demise and corruption of one of the most controversial presidents, Richard Millhouse Nixon.
On January 20, 1969, Richard M.
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George Liddy and E. Howard Hunt; Judge John Sirica sentenced the “Watergate Seven”. Although Nixon was worried about the break-in, he advised the White House press secretary, Ron Ziegler, to dismiss the incident as “a third-rate burglary” (Anson, 107). In the years ensuing the invasion at the Watergate building, questions and controversy have surfaced consequent to whether or not the White House, under the control of President Nixon, was either directly or discursively involved in the planning or performing of any illegal deeds. As the Watergate scandal unfolded, the Nixon administration was quick to mitigate the responsibility for the occurrences, however, in actuality, numerous facts and particulars ascertain White House involvement and justify the repercussions (Spear, 58).
The arrests of the “Watergate Seven” eventually uncovered a “White House-sponsored plan of espionage against political opponents and a trail of complicity that led to many of the highest officials in the land” (Emergy, 11”). These high political executives included former United States Attorney General John Mitchell, White House Counsel John Dean, White House Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs John Ehrlichman, White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, and President Nixon himself. Evidence corroborating White House involvement was ample and immense. On April 30, 1973, close to a year after the burglary and subsequent to a grand jury investigation of the break-in,…