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Whitewater vs Watergate Both are political sandals that have rocked the nation As Watergate unraveled many of Nixons dirty tactics were learned including assorted lists of enemies a number of which became targets of IRS tax audits wiretapping political sabotage burglary blackballing and smear campaigns Similarly as Whitewater unfolded the scandal appeared to involve more than just an illegal loan It touched on possible hush money paid to witnesses and includes the acquisition of more than 900 confidential FBI files on Bush and Reagan appointees In many aspects the two are very similar They are alike in the cover-ups they both produced But they still are about two totally different events Each of these scandals is associated with a central criminal event and both involved a web of political intrigue1 First what were Whitewater and Watergate Whitewater started as a land development of riverfront property in Arkansas in the 1980s The Clintons received a large share of the development without putting up any money The development went bad so additional capital was needed There is evidence and testimony suggesting that this cash was obtained illegally from 1 the federal government and never paid back As for Watergate - though it was revealed by the Senate Watergate committee as an unprecedented abuse of presidential power that was extremely dangerous to the country it is remembered 25 years later as a strange and unsuccessful burglary in the Watergate office building by people linked to the reelection committee of Nixon But Watergate was so much more than a political burglary The Senate hearings showed Watergate was composed of constant criminality by the Nixon White House and was driven by an extreme commitment to maintain control of power by any means including criminal conduct It included the break-in of a psychiatrists office for the purpose of smearing Daniel Elsberg the leaker of the Pentagon Papers the misuse of the IRS and other federal agencies to punish those on the
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