Watergate Scandal Essay

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On June 18, 1972, the Washington Post published an article under the title “5 Held in Plot to Bug Democrats’ Office Here”. The author, Alfred E. Lewis, claimed that five men, one being an ex-CIA agent, three being native-born Cubans, and the last being said to have trained Cuban exiles for guerilla warfare, were caught planting bugs in the offices of the National Democratic Committee. This article sparked an important breakthrough in American journalism. Catching the attention of Post writers Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, they began to pursue the story. The works later published by Bernstein and Woodward unmasked the man behind the bugging plot, Richard Nixon, President of the United States. After this discovery, known as the Watergate …show more content…
In their conversation, which is written in Dennis Lythgoe’s article “Tapes Show Nixon Weighed Pros and Cons of Hush Money”, Dean said “it would take one million dollars” to pay off the five men, “an amount that would be hard to raise.” Nixon replied, “you could get a million dollars. You could get it in cash. I know where it could be gotten. It is not easy, but it could be done.” The president’s own words proved that he was involved with the break-in and that he used “hush money” to keep witnesses silent. Another tape recording, called the “smoking gun”, uncovered Nixon’s exploitation of the CSI. In the tape, Nixon plans to have Richard Helms, the Director of the CIA, and Vernon A. Walters, the Deputy Director of the CIA, call the Director of the CIA, Patrick Gray, and demand that he stop the Watergate investigation. This crime was more severe than the “hush money” crime, and it was the prime reason Nixon was charged with obstruction of justice.
Nixon was secondly charged with Abuse of Power (Article II), essentially because of his misuse of “executive personnel” (historyplace.com). He used the FBI to harass “enemies” that he saw as “political opponents” (presidentprofiles.com). Nixon requested investigations of these “enemies” in an attempt to find information about them that he could leak to the press. He used the Secret Service as well to gain a furtive intelligence of Senator Edward Kennedy’s personal…

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