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Introduction Watergate was the name of the biggest political scandal in United States history It included various illegal activities constructed to help President Richard Nixon win reelection in the 1972 presidential elections Watergate included burglary wire tapping violations of campaign financing laws and sabotage and attempted use of government agencies to harm political opponents It also involved a cover-up of conduct There were about 40 people charged with crimes in the scandal and related crimes Most of them were convicted by juries or pleaded guilty Watergate involved more high-level government officials than any previous scandal It led to the conviction of former Attorney General John Mitchell and two of Nixons top aides John Erlichmen and HR Haldeman in 1975 Former Secretary of Commerce Maurice H Stans a leader of Nixons reelection campaign pleaded guilty to Watergate criminal charges and was fined 5000 Watergate also resulted in the resignation of Attorney General Richard Kleindienst in 1973 The Beginning Watergate really began in 1969 when the White House staff made up a list of enemies This so-called enemies list was kept of people the presidents men wanted retribution on Nixon had adversaries which included 200 liberal politicians journalists and actors When people made public speeches against Vietnam agents found out secret information about them that would harm them The Nixon campaign routinely engaged in unethical dirty tricks These deceptions were led by White House staffers Charles Colson Special Counsel to the President Deputy Campaign Director of the Committee to Re-elect the President CRP Jeb Magruder Dwight Chapin Deputy Assistant to the President and Donald Segretti an attorney These corrupt antics included following Democratic political candidates assembling reports on their personal lives forged letters on candidates letterheads altering schedules of campaign appearances placing harassing phone calls and manufacturing false information then leaking it to the press The goal of these tricks was to help eliminate the strongest candidates from the Democratic primaries In New Hampshire the campaign of
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