The Watergate Scandal

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The watergate scandal was when five men were got arrested after breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee located in the watergate hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 1972. The press had said that nixon’s press secretary said it was no more than a burglary attempt. Although the thieves were not ordinary because they were carrying wiretap to install in the telephone and had cameras to take pictures of documents. Four out of the five robber’s were anti-castro cubans who were previously hired by the CIA while the fifth person was a man named James Mccord the security adviser for nixon’s campaign staff known as the Committee to re-elect the president. Although the incident was failed to make front pages of the major newspapers, it soon become the most notorious political scandal in American history. The burglars first target was a man named Daniel Ellsberg who worked on a paper called the pentagon paper which was a highly explanatory study America's Vietnam policy. Nixon easily refused to submit the tapes to the committee. When archibald cox commanded him to surrender the tapes, but Nixon had him fired. Public outcry pressed Nixon to agree to release typewritten transcripts of his tapes, but Americans were not satisfied. The tape transcripts further damaged Nixon. On the tapes he swore like a sailor and behaved like a bully. Then there was the matter of 17 crucial minutes missing from one of the tapes. (undoing a president) The thieves that had robbed from the white house were McCord Jr., Sturgis, Barker, Gonzalez, and Martínez who were recruited by some ex-CIA officer and a member, E. Howard Hunt. The one who was monitoring the break in nearby was also Hunt and was soon arrested with G. Gord... ... middle of paper ... ...ere were no guidelines in the Constitution about a President who has left. Earlier in the week, the Project On Government Oversight Executive, Danielle Brian took part on a panel about, “Lessons of Watergate” at the National Press Club. She was joined by Joan Claybrook, late president of Public Citizen, Don Simon, also a late general counsel and temporary president of Common Cause, and Lawrence Noble, president and CEO of Americans for Campaign Reform.(Lessons of Watergate Scandal Still Resonate) The panel discussed open government and campaign reform since the Watergate scandal. In 1989, 15 years after the Watergate, Congress passed the Whistleblower Protection Act, which aimed to protect the government employees who come forward with information pertaining to misconduct, fraud, waste and abuse.
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