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WATERGATE Was The Nixon White House Involved What was Watergate Watergate is a term used to describe a complex web of political scandals occurring between 1972 and 1974 On January 20 1969 Richard M Nixon had become the thirty-seventh president of the United States As Nixon entered the White House he was full of bitterness and anger about past defeats and about years of perceived slights from others in the political establishment Nixon a Republican once stated that Washington is a city run primarily by Democrats and liberals dominated by like-minded newspapers and other media Nixons obligation to control his political destiny and to forestall the damaging of his agenda by incumbents urged him toward the development of what was in effect a secret government Gettlin and Colodny 6 The word Watergate refers to the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC In addition to the hotel the Watergate complex houses many business offices It was here that the offices of the Democratic National Committee were burglarized on June 17 1972 Five individuals were arrested at the Watergate complex after the burglary Charges were also pressed on G George Liddy and E Howard Hunt the Watergate Seven were sentenced by Judge John Sirica Although Nixon was worried about the break-in he advised the White House press secretary Ron Ziegler to dismiss the incident as a third-rate burglary Cannon 107 In the years ensuing the invasion at the Watergate building questions and controversy have surfaced consequent to whether or not the White House under the control of President Nixon was either directly or discursively involved in the planning andor performing of any illegal deeds As the Watergate scandal unfolded the Nixon administration was quick to mitigate the responsibility for the occurrences however in actuality numerous facts and particulars ascertain White House involvement and justify the repercussions The arrests of the Watergate Seven eventually uncovered a White House-sponsored
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