Watergate
Sex, drugs, money, power, you name it and there is a scandal for it, but
look back and you will see that from all the scandals there have been, Watergate
was among the worst. The Watergate scandal had everything. From Nixon disgracing
the presidency by lying to the country and abusing his power, to his committees
being involved in illegal acts and a big cover up. All leading to little side
roads of corruption and lies. Watergate is by far one of the worst presidential
scandals in the history of the United States. In the story of Watergate, five
burglars were found breaking into democratic offices at the Watergate complex in

Washington DC. The break-in was passed off as just another burglary, but when
the burglars were found to have connections with the CIA, questions were
starting to be asked. Then when the phone number of Howard Hunt was found in one
of the burglars phone books, it made people think, "Why would one of the
burglars have the phone number of one of the presidents men?" Then there is

Richard Nixon, the man of the hour, plays the role of the president of the

United States of America. The man that was voted into office by the people, and
the man that swore to serve the people. When Watergate was uncovered, it
revealed that the president was a liar and a cheat. The president lied to our
country, lied about his involvement, concealed self incriminating evidence,
abused his power, and planed to have the CIA stop the FBI investigations. He was
also deeply involved with the cover up and still lied about his involvement.

During the times of the unraveling of Watergate, questions were asked about
connections with the White House and the president, but when the president was
asked about it at a press conference he assured Americans that "The White

House has no involvement whatever in this particular incident." He was lying
to the country like it was part of his job (Dorman 158). The lying did not end
there, it went on and on for months, and as the scandal kept unraveling,

"President Nixon and White House, and creep officials were deliberately
misleading the public about the significance of the Watergate affair" (158).

As Watergate was becoming a front-page article in the newspapers, new evidence
was being uncovered. One piece of evidence that changed the peoples ideas of our
president was the tapping of every conversation in the oval office "since
about the 18th month of president Nixon’s term" (Kutler 368). Those tapes
would soon prove that the president was deeply involved in the scandal. During
the trials, "the Nixon administration claimed that the March 21st, 1973
meeting was the first Nixon had heard of the cover-ups", but after the tapes
were heard it was discovered that Nixon was involved from the beginning
(Heritage 36). The Nixon tapes brought out much controversy. The tapes alone
could prove the president innocent or guilty, whichever one it was, Nixon
refused to hand over the tapes. the courts then demanded the tapes, and Nixon
still would not give them up. After much struggle Nixon agreed to give a
transcript of the tapes. The transcripts brought to light a significant amount
of evidence against Nixon. The transcripts revealed payoffs, affiliation with
the burglaries, and the OK’s to the cover-up, But most important "the
transcripts showed that Nixon had lied repeatedly after he had denied knowing
anything about the conspiracy" (27). After much struggle, the courts finally
got the tapes from Nixon, It was Archibald Cox that issued the subpoena for the
tapes, and that started the bloodbath we now know as the Saturday night
massacre. "The night of October 20,1973, possibly the most tumultuous in

American political history, when the special Watergate prosecutor and the
nations two top law officers lost their jobs within the space of an hour and a
half." (Heritage 38). Soon the country would find a new problem with the
tapes. "When the presidents lawyers were going over the tapes, they came along
an 18 minute gap during a conversation with Nixon and Haldman" (34). Three
weeks later, the gap was discovered, Rosemary Woods (Nixon’s secretary)
testified that while transcribing the tape, she had accidentally erased perhaps
five minutes when interrupted by a phone call, she said she had pressed the
‘Record’ button instead of the ‘Stop’ button and then kept her foot on
the machines control pedal while speaking into the phone. (34) "Not everyone
accepted this explanation; The maneuver would have been difficult to perform
because of the distance between the recording machine and the telephone