The role of president richard nixon in the cover up of the infamous watergate scandal
Barker's multiple national and international businesses all had separate bank accounts, which he was found to have attempted to use to disguise the true origin of the money being paid to the burglars.
The committee began televised hearings on Watergate on May Sloan failed to do that. At 9pm on the evening of August 8, , Nixon delivered a nationally televised resignation speech. The Watergate scandal rocked the nation, which was already reeling from the Vietnam disaster, economic troubles, assassinations, and all the social unrest of the preceding 15 years. The burglars went to trial in and either pled guilty or were convicted. The distrust between the press and the Nixon administration was mutual and greater than usual due to lingering dissatisfaction with events from the Vietnam War. Six weeks later, after Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as president, he pardoned Nixon for any crimes he had committed while in office. In the summer of , the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against the president for obstructing justice. Howard Hunt - Campaign Consultant G. Why was the president, for example, discussing raising a million dollars in connection with the Watergate burglars? On July 24, , the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in U. Less than five months later, The work of Woodward and Bernstein during the scandal was described as "maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time" by long-time journalism figure Gene Roberts. Nixon went on to explore how they could secretly raise as much as a million dollars to distribute to the burglars—without the money being traced back to the White House.
He fired White House Counsel John Dean, who went on to testify before the Senate Watergate Committee and said that he believed and suspected the conversations in the Oval Office were being taped.
After the Post revealed that H. The plot to discredit him was widely known after the Watergate scandal erupted. The scandal began early in the morning of June 17,when several burglars were arrested in the office of the Democratic National Committee, located in the Watergate complex of buildings in Washington, DC.
Woodward and Bernstein interviewed Judy Hoback Millerthe bookkeeper for Nixon's re-election campaign, who revealed to them information about the mishandling of funds and records being destroyed.
Time magazine described Nixon as undergoing "daily hell and very little trust". Nixon himself never admitted to any criminal wrongdoing, though he did acknowledge using poor judgment. Chief among the Post's anonymous sources was an individual whom Woodward and Bernstein had nicknamed Deep Throat ; 33 years later, inthe informant was identified as William Mark Felt, Sr.
Nixon was then ordered by the Supreme Court to hand over the original tapes of more than 64 conversations. Dean wanted to protect the president and have his four closest men take the fall for telling the truth. He was right—in the short-term. Kennedy , Martin Luther King and other leaders, Watergate added further disappointment to a national climate already soured by the difficulties and losses of the previous decade. During their court appearances, they claimed that Nixon secretly taped every conversation that took place in the Oval Office. In , the White House requested an audit of the tax return of the editor of Newsday , after he wrote a series of articles about the financial dealings of Charles "Bebe" Rebozo , a friend of Nixon. Resignation The game was up. And no one had voted for him to do it. Barker's multiple national and international businesses all had separate bank accounts, which he was found to have attempted to use to disguise the true origin of the money being paid to the burglars. Six weeks later, after Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as president, he pardoned Nixon for any crimes he had committed while in office. In addition, corporations were secretly and illegally donating money to the campaign. Three months after that, Nixon was re-elected in a landslide.
Richard Nixon died inaged The checks deposited into Barker's bank account were endorsed by Committee treasurer Hugh Sloan, who was authorized by the Finance Committee. On October 10, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein reported that the FBI had determined that the Watergate break-in was part of a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage on behalf of the Nixon re-election committee.
These events, which took place on October 20,are known as the Saturday Night Massacre. The work of Woodward and Bernstein during the scandal was described as "maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time" by long-time journalism figure Gene Roberts.
His long political career began in when he was elected to the House of Representatives.
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