The burglars had reportedly broken into and stolen money and checks out of a safe. The money and checks were supposed to go to the election campaign for the Democratic presidency race (“5 held in Plot to Bug Democrats’ office” par. 31). Sunday, June 18, 1972, five burglars broke into the Watergate for the third time. Their main mission this time was to bug the office complex.
The Watergate Scandal The Watergate Scandal was a series of crimes committed by the President and his staff, who were found to spied on and harassed political opponents, accepted illegal campaign contributions, and covered up their own misdeeds. On June 17, 1972, The Washington Post published a small story. In this story the reporters stated that five men had been arrested breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. The headquarters was located in a Washington, D.C., building complex called Watergate. These burglars were carrying enough equipment to wiretap telephones and take pictures of papers.
THE WATERGATE SCANDAL Watergate is a hotel in Washington D.C. where the Democratic National Committee held their campaign headquarters. The current president at the time was Richard M. Nixon, who was involved in the scandal himself and which lead to the cause of his resignation. The Watergate scandal should not have happened, but it did and it caused the American people to judge less of their government system. The scandal began on June 17, 1972, with the arrest of five men who were caught in the offices of the Democrat’s campaign headquarters. Their arrest uncovered a White House sponsored plan of espionage against the political opponents and a trail of intrigue that led to some of the highest officials in the land.
It was later discovered that Richard Nixon’s, the president, aides bugged Democratic offices and lied about their opponents in politics (Wilmore and Landauro). In order to understand how Richard Nixon was involved in Watergate, Americans must know who he was. Nixon stared his career in politics in the year 1947. His first political job was working in the House of Representatives. After that, Nixon became a Vice President for two terms (“Watergate: The Scandal That”).
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.
Break-in at the Watergate! Nixon was up for reelection against democratic George McGovern when things got interesting. Watergate is a hotel in Washington, D.C. that in addition held many business offices and, at the time, the Democratic National Committee headquarters. On June 17, 1972, five members of the “plumbers,” a top secret organization that was authorized by Nixon, were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Their purpose was to stop news leaks to the media, after earlier in his Presidency when disclosed military information leaked to the press.
The White House rationalized the actions of the plumbers by saying that they were protecting National Security. The actual Watergate Scandal began on June 17, 1972, with the arrest of five men for breaking into the Democratic Party’s National Headquarters located in the Watergate Complex in Washington D.C. The five men were part of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP). They were attempting to fix a broken phone tap that they had installed about a month before. The five men were charged with burglary and wiretapping.
Haldeman, in 1975. Former Secretary of Commerce Maurice H. Stans, a leader of Nixon's reelection campaign pleaded guilty to Watergate criminal charges and was fined $5000. Watergate also resulted in the resignation of Attorney General Richard Kleindienst in 1973. The Beginning Watergate really began in 1969 when the White House staff made up a list of enemies. This so-called "enemies list" was kept of people the president's men wanted retribution on.
In August of 1972, a check for $25,000 that was supposed to ... ... middle of paper ... ...mained a mystery. Nixon was suspected of destroying the evidence of his involvement in Watergate, and Congress began moving towards impeachment. Finally, in United States v. Nixon, the disgraced president was ordered to turn over all of the tapes. The “smoking gun” tape, as it came to be known, was recorded six days after the burglary, and revealed that Nixon did in fact know about the break-in. Bob Haldeman, recorded on the tape talking to the president, called it “the Democratic break-in thing” and said “it goes in some directions we don’t want it to go.” Congress approved three articles of impeachment against Nixon: misuse of power, obstruction of justice, and failure to comply with subpoenas.
The break-in was passed off as just another burglary, but when the burglars were found to have connections with the CIA, questions were starting to be asked. Then when the phone number of Howard Hunt was found in one of the burglar’s phone books, it made people think, why would one of the burglars have the phone number of one of the presidents men? When Watergate was uncovered, it revealed that the president was a liar and a cheat. The president lied to our country, lied about his involvement, concealed self incriminating evidence, abused his power, and planed to have the CIA stop the FBI investigations. During the times of the unraveling of Watergate, questions were asked about connections with the White House and the president, but when the president was asked about it at a press conference he assured Americans that The White House has no involvement whatever in this particular incident.