Watergate Scandal

The watergate scandal was a chain of events that changed Washington for two years. It lead to the first resignation of a U.S. president and it changed American politics forever.
While President Nixon cruised toward reelection in the fall of 1972, some other men investigated a string of scoops, reporting that:

  • Attorney General John Mitchell controlled a serect fund that paid for a campaign to gather information on the Democrats.

  • Nixon's aides had run a massive campaign of poltical spying and sabotage on behalf of Nixon's reelection effort.

But while other newspapers ignored the story and voters gave Nixon a huge majority in November 1972, the White House continued to denounce The Post's coverage as biased and misleading.


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As Hunt's demands for "hush money" persisted, John Dean a White House lawyer, privately told Nixon that there was "a cancer on the presidency". When the FBI finally pierced the White House denials, senior officials faced prosecution for perjury and obstruction of justice. In April 1973,four of Nixons top aides lost their positions, including chief of staff Haldeman, chief domestic policy adviser, John Ehrlichman, Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and Dean himself.

When Nixon's press secretary Ron Ziegler said previous White House criticisms of The Post were "inoperative," Woodward and Bernstein's reporting had been vindicated.

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