Watergate Essay, Research Paper

During President Nixon’s administration there was a history making scandal called Watergate. Watergate was based on a conspired break-in into the democratic headquarters in the Watergate building. Throughout this time Nixon’s term was a very rocky one. A person believed to have ties to the president or a high official that confirmed the Watergate story to Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstien. The identity of this person to this day is unknown.

Bob Woodward (1943-), American Journalist and author who, as a reporter for the Washington Post, teamed with reporter Carl Bernstein to uncover many of the main events of the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. Robert Upshur Woodward was born in Geneva, Illinois. In 1972 Woodward and Bernstein were assigned by the post to cover the arraignment of five men who had been arrested breaking into the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington D.C. Their reporting showed that high-ranking officials of the Nixon administration and the Committee to Re-elect the President had orchestrated the break-in as part of a pattern of White House political “dirty tricks.” Woodward and Bernstein’s reporting won the post a pulitzer prize in 1973.

James McCord was former CIA agent, he was as well also an official of a group known as the Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP). The director of the (CRP) John Mitchell resigned as attorney General to assume this position and try to get the President reelected. The (CRP) is also reportedly responsible for the payment of over 500,000$ dollars to the Watergate ate burglars to buy there silence after they were indicted in September of 1972

Alexander Butterfield, who kept Nixon’s schedule and papers, was being prepared for a public testimony by three staff members of the Senate Watergate Committee. Trolling one of the members asked, might there be some sort of recording devices in the white house? The reply was hesitantly given. Small micro-phones were planted almost everywhere the president resided. Nixon fraught hard not to let the entirety of the tapes to get out for reasons that might incriminate him with the Watergate scandal. He tried to doctor up some of the transcripts and even destroy them. Out of the 3,700 hours of tape in archives the public can only hear about 7 percent of them..

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