Monday, October 17, 2016

Writing Research by Hunter Bayer- Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal

Richard Nixon was the 37th President of United States of America from 1969 to 1974. He also served as U.S Representative and Senator in California for eight years. He ran for president on two separate occasions. His first attempt was a failure as he lost to John F. Kennedy in 1960, but was successful in 1968 against Hurbet Humphrey. Nixon was the one who ended American involvement in the Vietnam War in 1973, allowing American POW's to come home, as well as ending the military draft. Nixon is also the only President in history to resign from office. This action was caused by Watergate scandal.

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Richard Nixon

The Watergate scandal was a major political involving five thieves breaking into the  Democratic National Committee  headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972. These five men were arrested for breaking and entering into the DNC on Saturday, June 17, 1972. When the FBI began investigating, they discovered a connection to the cash found on the burglars and money used by the Committee for the Re-election, which was the organization that was funding Nixon's campaign for his second term. This caused serious controversy that led to the indictment of 69 people, with 25 of them being accused guilty and incarcerated. Many of these suspects were some of Nixon's top administrators. It was also discovered that Nixon held a secret recorder that potentially contained information on the Watergate scandal.  The U.S Supreme Court demanded that Nixon was to release the tapes to investigators. Not long after this order, President Richard Nixon resigned from office on August 9th, 1974.

1 comment:

  1. One thing Nixon did do right was end American involvement with Vietnam. But it is so crazy to think that of all people, our own president was involved in committing crimes. This makes me think about how many other government scandals we are unaware of as citizens.


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