Watergate Scandal Essay

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U.S. History 10B The Watergate Scandal Have you ever wondered who had covered up the Watergate Scandal? And how did they manage to incorporate the CIA? American citizens should be learning about the Watergate scandal because it is a well remembered historical event. Now a day, not many people acknowledge any past events as being important. But if you really think about it, some of our ancestors lived during or through those time periods. SO if there’s family history especially, it should be known and learned about. President Nixon was running for reelection, and the United States was in the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and deeply divided. A forceful presidential campaign seemed essential to the president and his advisers. Their aggressive tactics included what turned out to be illegal espionage. May 1972, Nixon’s Committee to Re-Elect the President, (CREEP), broke into the Watergate headquarters, stole copies of top-secret documents and bugged the office’s phones. A few days after the break-in, Nixon arranged thousands of dollars in hush money to the burglars. Then, he and his aides hatched a plan; to instruct the CIA to foil the FBI’s investigation. This was a more serious crime than the break-in: It was an abuse of presidential power. Meanwhile, seven conspirators were indicted on charges related to the Watergate affair. Five pleaded guilty; the other two were convicted January 1973. July, the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to give up the tapes. The House of Representatives voted to impeach him for obstruction of justice, abuse of power, criminal cover-up and several violations of the Constitution. Finally, on August 5th Nixon released the tapes, which provided undeniable evidence of his complicity in the Watergate crimes. The president resigned on August 8th. On February 7th, 1973, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution that impaneled the Senate Select

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