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The Watergate Scandal The Watergate Scandal was a series of crimes committed by the President and his staff who were found to spied on and harassed political opponents accepted illegal campaign contributions and covered up their own misdeeds On June 17 1972 The Washington Post published a small story In this story the reporters stated that five men had been arrested breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee The headquarters was located in a Washington DC building complex called Watergate These burglars were carrying enough equipment to wiretap telephones and take pictures of papers The Washington Post had two reporters who researched deep into the story There names were Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward they discovered that one of the suspects had an address book with the name and phone number of a White House official who could have been involved in the crime The reporters suspected that the break-in had been ordered by other White House officials In a press conference on August in 1972 President Nixon said that nobody on the White House Staff was involved in the crime Most of the public accepted Nixons word and dropped the questioning But when the burglars went to trial four months later the story changed rapidly from a small story to a national scandal It ended only when Richard Nixon was forced from office Watergate was connected to Vietnam it eventually exposed a long series of illegal activities in the Nixon administration Nixon and his staff were found to have spied on and harassed political opponents planned contributions to the campaign and tried to cover-up their illegal acts These crimes that they did were called the Watergate scandal named after the building that it happened For years Nixon was carrying on the crimes and they were not noticed until now 1969 was the really date in which Watergate was really beginning It all started when the White
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