Watergate Scandal Essay

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The Watergate Scandal History 145 By: Acquita Williams Watergate scandal (1972-1974) was a political scandal and constitutional crisis that lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The name “Watergate” refers to the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. The hotel was the location of the Democratic Party National Headquarters in 1972. A security guard caught some burglars breaking into the headquarters. Some of the burglars had ties to people in his administration and Nixon tried to minimize the damage to his personnel. The cover up was known as “Watergate.” It refers to an order of events, over a two year period, with Nixon’s administration abusing their power toward the goal of being sneaky towards the political opposition in the public. Investigations uncovered many unethical and illegal activities by people close to Nixon. The court ordered release of the tape in August 1974 with the prospect of impeachment for Nixon and he resigned only four days later on August 9. Deep throat informed the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein information that helped to expose the Nixon administration’s role in the water scandal. The Washington Post is known for the Pulitzer-winning coverage of Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon administration. A story that started when a security guard found a piece of tape across a door locked at the soon to be notorious office building. Readers of the Post awoke Sunday Morning, June 18, 1972, to discover the story by veteran police reporter Alfred E. Lewis on the front page. “Five men, one of whom said he is a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, were arrested at 2:30 a.m. yesterday in what authorities described as an elaborate plot to bug the offices of the Democratic National Committee here. The five men said, “they were surprised at gunpoint by three plain

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