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Watergate scandal

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  2. 2. Watergate -What was it?<br /><ul><li>Political Scandal during the 1970s in the U.S
  3. 3. Begin: Break-in of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington D.C.
  4. 4. End: Ultimately led to the resignation of the U.S. President, Richard Nixon</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>5 Held in Plot to Bug Democrats’ Office Here
  5. 5. Washington Post, June 18, 1972
  6. 6. GOP Security Aide Among Those Arrested
  7. 7. Washington Post, June 19, 1972
  8. 8. Burglar on the payroll of President Nixon’s re-election committee</li></ul>Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein<br />
  9. 9. Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>Mitchell Controlled Secret GOP Fund
  10. 10. Washington Post, Sep 29, 1972
  11. 11. Attorney General controlled secret fund to gather information about Democrats
  12. 12. FBI Finds Nixon Aides Sabotaged Democrats
  13. 13. Washington Post, Oct 10, 1972
  14. 14. Nixon’s aides run “a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage” on behalf of Nixon’s re-election effort</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>Nixon Wins Landslide Victory
  15. 15. Washington Post, Nov 8, 1972
  16. 16. Matter didn’t get much prominence and Nixon gets a huge majority
  17. 17. Last Two Guilty in Watergate Plot
  18. 18. Washington Post, Jan 31, 1973
  19. 19. Conviction of burglars</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>3 Top Nixon Aides, Kleindienst Out; President Accepts Full Responsibility; Richardson Will Conduct New Probe
  20. 20. Washington Post, May 1,1973
  21. 21. FBI pierces the White House denials, senior officers prosecuted
  22. 22. By the summer of 1973, Watergate was a ‘full-blown national scandal’
  23. 23. Scandal spread beyond the original burglary</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>Dean Alleges Nixon Knew of Cover-up Plan
  24. 24. Washington Post, June 3,1973
  25. 25. Presidential counsel John Dean breaks with the Nixon White House; cover-up “a cancer on the presidency”
  26. 26. President Taped Talks, Phone Calls
  27. 27. Washington Post, July 17,1973
  28. 28. Nixon routinely taping all the conversations and meetings</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>President Refuses to Turn Over Tapes
  29. 29. Washington Post, July 24,1973
  30. 30. Stage set for a great constitutional struggle between a President and the Senate committee
  31. 31. Nixon Forces Firing of Cox
  32. 32. Washington Post, October 21,1973
  33. 33. Dubbed the “Saturday Night Massacre”, Cox dismissed</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>Pressure for Impeachment Mounting
  34. 34. Washington Post, October 21,1973
  35. 35. Demands for impeachment mount swiftly
  36. 36. Nixon Tells Editors, “I am Not a Crook”
  37. 37. Washington Post, November 18,1973
  38. 38. President Nixon defends his record, unconvincingly</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>President Hands Over Transcripts
  39. 39. Washington Post, May 1,1974
  40. 40. The Nixon Watergate Papers made public
  41. 41. Court Orders Nixon to Yield Tapes; President Promised to Comply Fully
  42. 42. Washington Post, July 25,1974
  43. 43. Supreme Court rules unanimously that Nixon must turn over tape recordings-</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Timeline<br /><ul><li>Judiciary Committee Approves Article to Impeach President Nixon
  44. 44. Washington Post, July 28, 1974
  45. 45. The House Committee takes the momentous step of recommending Nixon’s impeachment
  46. 46. Nixon Resigns
  47. 47. Washington Post, August 9,1974
  48. 48. Richard Milhous Nixon announced last night that he will resign as the 37th President of the United States at noon today</li></li></ul><li>Watergate – Impact<br /><ul><li>Political Impact
  49. 49. Effect on the next Senate Elections
  50. 50. Indirectly responsible for changes in Campaign Financing
  51. 51. Left such an impact on the national and international consciousness that many scandals since then have been labeled with the suffix –gate (Radia-Gate | Barkha-Gate)
  52. 52. Cultural Impact
  53. 53. Frost/Nixon
  54. 54. All the President’s Men
  55. 55. Silent Coup – The Removal of a President</li></li></ul><li>The Washington Post Archives<br />Wikipedia<br />Images.google.com<br />MS Office Powerpoint<br />Thank you!<br />

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