Watergate Scandal Essay

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US History Watergate was a major political incident that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17, 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. It all starts when Nixon's campaign committee sent some former CIA guys into the Watergate Complex, to bug the telephones of the Democratic national Committee Chairman. During the investigations surrounding the Watergate affair, it was discovered that Nixon was taping everything said in the Oval Office, and his trying to destroy evidence, and refusal to give up the tapes Congress subpoenaed, was what really lost him all support from his party, and supporters. Howard Baker was the VP of Senate Watergate Committee. He is Tennessee's first popularly elected Republican senator, Baker served as vice chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee. Baker had a successful political career, serving three terms in the U.S. Senate from 1967-85, with stints as minority leader 1977-81 and as majority leader 1981-85. His position as investigator of the Nixon administration's misdeeds may have been a bit awkward. Baker 1972 campaign literature described him as a close friend and trusted advisor of President, Richard M. He also served as chief of staff for President Ronald Reagan in 1987-88 and later served as U.S. ambassador to Japan from 2001 to 2005. Beginning with the investigation of a "third-rate burglary" of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex, Woodward and Bernstein uncovered a system of political "dirty tricks" and crimes that eventually led to indictments of forty White House and administration officials, and ultimately to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Between 1972 and 1976, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein emerged as two of the most famous journalists in

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