Watergate. Glenn L. Venner. Cincinnati State Community
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Glenn L. Venner
Cincinnati State Community College.
After the November shooting of president Kennedy, the nation and the world mourned. While we mourned another part of our country was raising up for right and the south would be flung into a racial war. the war in Vietnam would be a lost cause and an embarrassment for LBJ. It would all end with the embarrassment and the trust lost in our politicians and our president. This will come to haunt us even today and be known as the Watergate scandal.
On the morning of June 17, 1972, several men were arrested in connection with the burglary inside the office of the Democratic National Committee located near the Watergate building in Washington, D.C. The robbery was in…show more content… The FBI and the American public need to know just what had happened and that this may not have been just a typical break-in but a cover up to protect someone. And if so was it an abuse of presidential power and a deliberate obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, at the same time seven conspirators were indicted on charges related to the Watergate building break-in. At the instruction of the President’s aides, five pleaded guilty to the charges and avoided trial; while White House counsel John Dean, testified before a grand jury about the president’s crimes. The other two were convicted in January 1973 for the break-in. By this time, a number of people including Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and trial judge John J. Sirica and members of a Senate investigating committee had begun to think that something bigger was going to break soon.
The break though came when they found out that the President had secretly taped every conversation that took place in the Oval Office. If the investigating committee could get those tapes, they would have proof of the president’s guilt. Nixon worked very hard to keep those tapes away from anyone his legal staff advised him that he did not have to hand them over that he had executive privilege to protect them and to not give them to anyone. However, Senate committee and the independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox