In 150 words or less, tell me what was the Watergate scandal?
I'm in my early 30s and still don't have a clear idea of what this was, except it involved some kind of political corruption with someone breaking into to confidential files. For some reason they didn't teach this in any of my high school history classes. The next question I will post is "Why do grade school history classes teach kids about every major war in history except Vietnam War?"
- ocularnervosaLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
During the 1968 election Nixon's henchmen broke into the DNC headquarters at the Watergate hotel, and got caught. The White House (Nixon) tried to cover it up and even launched a series of bribes to witnesses, which they kept a list of. One of Nixon's advisors leaked the entire thing to two reporters at the Washington Post. Congress opened up an investigation and his legal counsel, John Dean, let it slip the President recorded all conversations in the White House. The tapes were subpoenaed and Nixon erased 18 minutes of incriminating evidence. Congress started to prepare articles of impeachment but Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford (who became President) gave him a blanket pardon so Nixon was never charged with any formal crime although many members of his staff went to jail.
- We Trod Upon YouLv 57 years ago
It was in 1972 that Republican Party operatives broke into the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in D.C. A good politician would have hung the criminals out to dry and let the chips fall where they may. Nixon, on the other hand, orchestrated the big cover-up which eventually led to his resignation.
The break in was small potatoes compared to the cover up. The Justice Dept. was investigating the crime when Nixon thought it would be a good idea to fire the investigator, lest they find evidence of a crime. Nixon went to his Attorney General and told him to fire the prosecutor. The AG refused so Nixon fired HIM. Nixon then went to the next in line at the Justice Dept. and told HIM to fire the prosecutor. HE also refused and was subsequently fired by Nixon.
Nixon has to go to the third in line at the Justice Dept. before he found somebody who didn't have any respect for the law and who would fire the prosecutor and "get Nixon off the hook". That third in line at Justice DID fire the AG.
That whole scenario has become known as the "Saturday Night Massacre".
Who was that #3 in line who had no morals or scruples and agreed with Nixon that it was OK to fire the prosecutor? It was non other than Robert Bork! The very guy who was nominated for the Supreme Court by the Republicans during the Bush 1 administration..
To this day, Republicans will tell you that Bork was rejected for the Supreme Court because of his "conservative views". The TRUTH is that Bork was rejected for the exact same reason that the Republicans nominated him: For his role in the saddest even in American history prior to the election theft of 2000.
- justaLv 77 years ago
It was a common burglary organized by Nixon to find out what the Democrat campaign strategy was, the Watergate complex was where the Democrats had their headquarters, and he had them break into the offices to get the information. We lost the Vietnam war, and there was a lot of hanky panky connected with it.
Kids do learn about it but in the same minimal way they learn about everything these days, no background, no impact on the nation, just a few dates and memorize those for the test.
- lareLv 77 years ago
Nixon was working on his re-election at the time, and one of his tricks was to have a group he called the "plumbers" sneak into the Democratic Headquarters to steal their campaign files. such files were apt to contain "dirt" on their own candidates that they obtained by vetting them. They got caught, then the whole scheme unraveled eventually implicating Nixon himself as the master mind. Once the Supreme Court ruled that his secret office tapes of his personal conversations had to be released, he realized he could not evade impeachment, so he resigned. Nixon said he was not a "crook", but history and his own tapes dictate otherwise.