watergate

by blake barneycastle

5 facts about the scandle

  1. 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
  2. The cover up and story ultimately led President Nixon to resign in August 1974
  3. The Washington Post reports a $25000 check apparently meant for the Nixon campaign ended up in the bank account of a Watergate burglar
  4. Two Nixon aides G Gordon Liddy and James McCord are convicted in Watergate burglary
  5. 18-1/2 minute gap found in one White House tape
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richard nixion

Early in the morning of June 17 1972 several burglars were arrested inside the office of the Democratic National Committee or DNC located in the Watergate building in Washington D.C. This was no ordinary robbery The prowlers were connected to President Richard Nixons reelection campaign and they had been caught while attempting to wiretap phones and steal secret documents. While historians are not sure whether Nixon knew about the Watergate espionage operation before it happened, he took steps to cover it up afterwards raising hush money for the burglars trying to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation or FBI from investigating the crime destroying evidence and firing uncooperative staff members .

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.