Thanks to his previous domestic policies and foreign policy successes, Richard Nixon won a landslide victory in the presidential election 1972. Viewing difference of opinion and critic as a threat to national security, Nixon “developed an ‘enemies list’ that included reporters, politicians, and celebrities unfriendly to the administration.” (1) In June 1972, five men, who were later proved to be former employees of Nixon’s reelection committee, were caught for breaking into Democratic party headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex in Washington, D.C. Initially promoted by the media, political investigations of the Watergate began in 1973 as a Committee was established by the Senate. While it’s uncertain whether or not Nixon knew about …show more content…
“The Committee uncovered the existence of the secret White House tape recordings, sparking a major political and legal battle between the Congress and the President.” (3) One was known as the “smoking gun” tape, which revealed Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate cover-up from June 23, 1972, only a few days after the Watergate break-in. (4) Nixon soon lost all his political support, facing impeachment from the House Judiciary Committee. In August 1974, Nixon resigned from office, becoming the only U.S. president in history to …show more content…
During the post-9/11 period, the government passed policies against foreigners, especially those who had connections with Arab, to secure the nation from terrorism. The abuse of power is more likely to be accepted when it comes with a “reasonable explanation.” On the other hand, when Nixon used the government power to cover the truth of Watergate, his action was no different than corruption, therefore not being recognized by the public. Moreover, the impact of the Watergate Scandal was deep and enduring- it stated the necessity of openness and honesty in
U.S vs. Nixon In 1972 former U.S senator and representative Richard M. Nixon ran for re-election and was opted to win. On June 17, 1972 members of Nixon 's Committee to Re-Elect the president (known as CREEP) broke into Watergate headquarters and stole top secret documents and bugged phone lines. When security guards found that the locks have been taped shut they call the police who later found the men hijacked the phones. The police were able to find little trace back to Nixon.
The Watergate Scandal was a political scandal where President Nixon had the help of five burglars and the burglars snuck into the Democratic National Committee office and stole documents and recorded phone calls. President Nixon did this so he could find out more about what the democratic side was doing during the election of 1972. This occured on June 17, 1972 and caused President Nixon to resign in August of 1974. After this Americans did not trust the White House and their government. Watergate was a scandal that President Nixon and the five burglars were secretive about and caused Americans to not trust the White House.
On July 17, 1972, the Watergate hotel, the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, was broken into by five men. After being caught, it was found that these men carried top of the line surveillance equipment. It was also found that these men had ties to the committee to re-elect Nixon as President of the United States, and this discovery eventually led to the ironic impeachment of President Nixon. Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the break-in, it was Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two common reporters from the Washington Post, who cracked this case wide open. This team, nicknamed Woodstein, went above and beyond, not only covering the break in, but traced why it occurred all the way up to the white house.
In front of a grand jury, many of President Nixon’s assistants testified that Nixon taped secretly every conversation that occurred in the Oval Office . Therefore, a Special Prosecutor filed a motion of subpoena duces tecum to obtain the tapes and documents from Nixon. However, Nixon in order to avoid relinquishing the tapes claimed an executive privilege. President Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Archibald Cox, but they refused and resigned to show disapproval. They promised Congress that they would not interfere.
Since he accomplished achievements during his first-term, it was not difficult to gain most of the votes for his second-term. As an ambitious person, this demanded to do something more to secure his triumph. 9“The two victories, by the Republican in the presidential race and by the Democrats in the congressional races, dominated American politics over the following twenty-two months, a period characterized by more bitterness, divisions, and pure hatred than any since the Reconstruction.” 10“So, on election night 1972, Nixon could not enjoy his triumph.” 11He was not planning how to bring the people together, but he was planning to destroy his enemies before they destroy him.
In June 1972, five men carrying cameras and bugging equipment were arrested inside the Democratic National Committee 's offices in the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. Police soon discovered that the burglars worked either directly or indirectly, for the presidential cabinet. President Nixon had stated he had no relation to this act. Political investigations began in February 1973; the Senate established a Committee to investigate the Watergate scandal. The public hearings of the Committee included the finding of secret white house tapes,the most incriminating one dubbed, Smoking gun revealing that he had taken part in the Watergate cover up.
The infamous checkers speech came as the result of an accusation of corruption, foreshadowing President Richard Nixon’s lengthy struggle with candor. 20 years prior to the scandal that changed the way the American people viewed the federal government, Nixon had the ability to utilize the modes of persuasion to his advantage, with few attempts being made at uncovering any discrepancies. This essay will explore his application of ethos and pathos in the first part of the checkers speech and how it enabled the American people to resonate with his narrative, with logos being far less of a factor. Establishing credibility in a case of potential corruption is seemingly impossible; however, President Nixon’s utilization of ethos throughout his
Although some would say it was more of an eye opener, both the House and the Senate found the holes in the so called “balance of powers” ,that were once so weak, and patched them. From the article and gathered information I speculate that if anything watergate shows how weak the balance was, but that doesn’t mean it will solve the root problem. If someone wants something bad enough they will go on the verge of anything to fulfil it, as noticed, even if that means breaking a few
This scandal served as a precursor to America 's overwhelming distrust of the government. Suspected of orchestrating a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., President Nixon’s administration attempted to cover up any signs of their involvement. This scandal led to the discovery of many abuses of power by the Nixon administration, Nixon’s impeachment, eventually Nixon’s resignation from office in August of 1974. Though there is no solid evidence to convict President Nixon of directly ordering the break in, his administration was indeed guilty of trying to cover the entire ideal by paying off witnesses. This scandal added to a growing credibility gap which began during Lyndon B. Johnson’s
On June 17, 1972 there were five burglars arrested inside of the Office of the Democratic National Committee, which is located in the watergate building in Washington D.C. The robbers were caught trying to wiretap phones and steal secret documents. It turns out that the robbers are connected to Nixon’s reelection campaign. They weren’t sure if Nixon was connected to the burglary, but he attempted to cover it up. For example, he raised “hush money” for the burglars, he destroyed evidence, fired uncooperative staff members.
In 1972, Republican Richard Nixon campaigned for re-election with the help of CRP, or The Committee to Re-elect the President. Also occurring in 1972 was the Watergate scandal, which involved the country’s newly re-elected leader. The Watergate was actually just a hotel which held the Democratic Party, including all of their meetings and important documents, which was broken into and bugged with the help of Nixon himself. The government was chaotic, overwhelmed and shocked by the insidious act that shocked the U.S. Every branch of the government was involved in the attempt to disentangle this gigantic mess.
The Watergate Scandal was political outbreak that had happened in the US in the 1970's president Nixon was in administration. The Watergate scandal caused a brake in at the democratic national committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C in 1972 and President Richard Nixon's administration's attempted cover up of its involvement. The scandle affected Nixon because after the scandal, he delivered his resignated speech on August 9, 1974. As well as new laws that lead to extensive charges in campaigning financing. This event is important for new citizens to understand, because it is said that due to this historic event it has changed the political landscape from that point on.
Several burglars broke into the DC office of the democratic national committee at the Watergate office. The intruders were found to be in connection to President Nixon’s re-election campaign, they had happened to be caught while attempting to wiretap phones and steal secret documents. According to History, “Nixon took steps to cover it up afterwards, raising “hush money” for the burglars, trying to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating the crime, destroying evidence and firing uncooperative staff members.” Overall it had come to surface that Nixon was not being truthful. For instance, he put together “hush money” for the burglars, tried to hamper the FBI’s investigation of the crime through the CIA, and over used his presidential power.
The Watergate Scandal happened on June 17, 1972, in the Watergate building, Washington D.C. There will be questions throughout about the Watergate Scandal: What happened the President Richard Nixon, Who was president and part of the Scandal during that time. Impeachment of Richard Nixon will also be discussed because of his connection with the Watergate Scandal. Also, there will be a series of questions,What is impeachment? , When and why did process come about?, Tell about the impeachment process in Watergate?, and How has it been used recently?