Watergate2 Essay

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Watergate2



Watergate

In June of 1972 an event occurred that changed the course of history. On June 12,
1972 there was a break-in at the Watergate Hotel. When the police arrived they found 5
men equipped with electronic bugging devices and burglary tools at the headquarters for
the Democratic National Convention. Two of the individuals were James McCord and G.
Gordon Liddy, both members of the committee to re-elect the president. A third suspect
was E. Howard Hunt, a former CIA agent and White House aide.
When the news broke President Nixon claimed that no one in the White House had
any prior knowledge to the burglary. The break-in was part of an elaborate plan by
CREEP to sabotage Nixon’s opposition for re-election. A week after the break in Nixon
agreed to cover up the White House’s involvement in the break in. Nixon claimed that
any further investigation of the scandal was a threat to national security and needed to
cease immediately. This plan seemed to work until early 1973 when the trial for the
Watergate break-in began. Nixon had his chance to come clean at this time, but he chose
not to. This only made things worse for him Once the trial began his involvement in the
cover up became greater, and involved blackmailing by those who were on trial for the
break-in.
The Watergate trial was brief, 5 of the defendant plead guilty and the other 2 were
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