Essay about Watergate : The Watergate Hotel

1285 Words Nov 13th, 2014 6 Pages
Although the word “Watergate” directly refers to the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C., it is an umbrella term used to describe a series of complex political events and scandals between the years 1972 and 1974. These events started when Richard Nixon ran for reelection (“Watergate”). In such a harsh political climate, a forceful presidential campaign seemed essential to the president and some of his key advisers. Their aggressive tactics included what turned out to be illegal espionage. In May 1972, members of Nixon’s Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) broke into the democratic opposition’s headquarters, stole copies of top-secret documents and bugged the office’s phones. However, the wiretaps failed to work properly, resulting in the group’s return to the Watergate building on June 17 of that same year. This run was not as effective and they were caught, hence starting the scandal of the century (“Watergate”). FBI agents later established that the Watergate break-in stemmed from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of the Nixon reelection effort. However, at this point there was no connection to Nixon and when asked about it Nixon denied any relation to the burglars and that his White House staff was not involved. Citizens inclined to believe their President, reelected him by a landslide vote. After his reelection, Nixon and his team took part in an extensive coverup of the events of Watergate. However, as investigations…

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