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Watergate Scandal. Presentation by Robert Martinez Primary Content Source: America ’ s History, Sixth Ed. Henretta, Brody and Dumenil. Images as cited. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/00868/money-graphics-2008_868254a.jpg.

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WatergateScandal

Presentation by Robert Martinez

Primary Content Source: America’s History, Sixth Ed. Henretta, Brody and Dumenil.

Images as cited.

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On June 17, 1972, five men carrying wiretapping equipment were arrested breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters located in the Watergate Complex in Washington D.C.

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Watergate Burglars were arrested breaking into the Democratic National Committee

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Questioned by the press, the White House dismissed the incident as “a third-rate burglary attempt.” Pressed further, PresidentNixon himself denied any White House involvement (lying.)

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The Watergate incident was not an isolated incident. It was part of a pattern of illegality and misuse of power by a paranoid and ruthless White House.

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In the meantime, two reporters at the part of a pattern of illegality and misuse of power by a paranoid and ruthless White House. Washington Post, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, uncovered the Committee’s to Re-elects illegal “slush fund’ and its links to key White House aides.

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The part of a pattern of illegality and misuse of power by a paranoid and ruthless White House. slush fund received its money illegally from the campaign contributions of the Republican party to finance “mischief” against anyone that posed a threat to the Nixon administration.

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Ordering the CIA to stop the FBI from investigating the Watergate incident was an obstruction of justice, a criminal offense.

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In May, a Senate committee began holding nationally televised hearings, at which it was discovered that the Watergate break-in was linked to the White House.

Attorney General John Mitchell,

controlled secret “slush fund.”

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The guilty White House officials implicated President Nixon. During the testimony, it was discovered that Nixon had installed a secret taping system in the Oval office.

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Claiming http://www.magazine.org/ASSETS/11AAAD4DFD224BCCBDEB0C4AD7B43A83/33a.jpgexecutive privilege, Nixon refused to surrender the White House tapes. Under enormous pressure, he eventually released some of the tapes. One of the tapes was suspiciously missing 18-minutes of recording.

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Finally on June 23, 1974, the Supreme Court ordered Nixon to releasethe unaltered tapes. Lawyers were shocked to find concrete evidence that the president had orderedthe cover-up of the Watergate break-in.

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Certain that he would be convicted by the Senate, on August 9, 1974, Nixon became the first U.S. president to resign from office.

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Gerald Ford swears in as President of the United States. August 9, 1974, Nixon became the first U.S. president to

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/87362701@N00/341954487/ August 9, 1974, Nixon became the first U.S. president to


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