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Ryan Stevens
Mrs. Jill Nussel
Hist-H106
10 October 2012
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Watergate Scandal
The Watergate Scandal had everything. For many, the first thing that comes to mind about Watergate is the Nixon administration and the political scandal that destroyed the reputation of the White House. There are several questions that come to a persons mind when they think about the Watergate Scandal. For example one question commonly asked is was the Watergate necessary, and was Nixon to paranoid about others? Also a commonly asked question is did Richard Nixon have a choice in resigning from his duty as President of the United States? Watergate was the unnecessary event that led to Richard Nixon’s downfall in office. “On June 17, 1972, five men, including CIA agent James McCord were arrested in the burglary of the Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C.” “The Post Investigates.” Later in the year, the Federal Grand Jury accused those five men for their involvement in the Watergate burglary. Then a little Less than two months later, Richard Nixon was reelected President in a landslide over George McGovern, the Democratic candidate. Prior to the accusations, the story of the burglary caught the eye of two Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. The two learned from a security aide that James McCord, an employee on the payroll of Nixon’s reelection committee was among those five arrested for the Watergate Scandal. Within weeks Woodward and Bernstein reported that the Grand Jury investigating the burglary had sought testimony from two men who had worked in the Nixon White House, former CIA officer Hunt and former FBI agent Liddy. Both men would ultimately be accused for guiding the burglars with walkie-talkies from the hotel room opposite the Watergate building. (“The Post Investigates”) Later on, Bernstein found out that former Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stan’s deposited $25,000 of Nixon’s reelection...
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