by blake barneycastle
5 facts about the scandle
- on July 24, 1974 a unanimous Supreme Court ordered Nixon to surrender the White House tapes Justice William Rehnquist did not sit on the case The Court rejected Nixon’s claim to an absolute unqualified Presidential privilege of immunity from judicial process under all circumstances
- The cover up and story ultimately led President Nixon to resign in August 1974
- The Washington Post reports a $25000 check apparently meant for the Nixon campaign ended up in the bank account of a Watergate burglar
- Two Nixon aides G Gordon Liddy and James McCord are convicted in Watergate burglary
- 18-1/2 minute gap found in one White House tape
In August 1974 after his role in the Watergate conspiracy had finally come to light the president resigned His successor Gerald Ford immediately pardoned Nixon for all the crimes he committed or may have committed while in office Although Nixon was never prosecuted the Watergate scandal changed American politics forever leading many Americans to question their leadership and think more critically about the presidency.