History Of The Watergate Scandal

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The Watergate scandal was one of the most memorable scandals in U.S. history. The scandal was extremely public and had a huge impact, not only on the people involved, but the general public during that time as well.
The Watergate scandal occurred at a time when there was an extremely hostile political climate. The United States was deep into the Vietnam War and the country was divided. The scandal began early in the morning of June 17, 1972 (“Watergate Scandal”). It all started during Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign. A group of five men, including a security consultant from the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP), broke into the Watergate, a hotel, apartment, and office complex in Washington, D.C (Marquez). They were told to steal
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It was followed by messy cover-ups and further mistakes that ended with the first ever Presidential resignation, a vice-presidential resignation, and 40 government officials being indicted or jailed (“Watergate Casualties and”). However, the scandal never would have happened without a few key people. If it weren't for Richard Nixon, the Committee to Re-Elect the President, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and Mark Felt, the Watergate scandal would not have happened and Richard Nixon would not have been the first president to resign.
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, and W. Mark Felt played critical roles in the Watergate scandal because they wrote stories about Watergate, they had good connections, and their stories had a big impact on the public. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were journalists for the Washington Post when the scandal happened. Woodward and Bernstein were the main source for information on the scandal at the
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After the story was finished, Carl Bernstein was swept up into all the celebrity and fame that followed his investigation, while Bob Woodward continued with journalism. Bernstein had always been more of a scoundrel (Szegedy-Maszak). His first marriage had ended very publicly because of his sloppy affair with a former British Ambassador’s wife. His second marriage ended in a divorce as well. After his success with the Watergate piece, Bernstein took a much different road in life than Woodward. Despite their differences, Woodward and Bernstein remained close friends and ended up writing a popular book about their Watergate adventures titled, All The President’s Men (“Watergate Scandal”). The book was later turned into a successful movie.
The Committee to Re-Elect the President or CREEP played a significant role in the Watergate scandal because of their “dirty tricks” against the Democratic Party, the break-in, and Stephen King. Every president running for re-election has a CREEP. They help the candidate by campaigning for them and overall just secure their spot. Nixon’s CREEP was extremely dedicated to the republican nominee, going to extreme measures to ensure his victory (“Watergate

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