Watergate was one of the biggest government scandals in the history of the United States. What happened? Richard Nixon created his own secret intelligence unit (the Plumbers), to keep information about the things he was doing from the press. He sent his secret surveillance unit to the office of Daniel Ellsburg to see if he could find something to discredit Ellsburg after he leaked documents to the press about the United State’s involvement in Vietnam. Nixon and his supporters created a separate fundraising committee for his reelection in 1972 called the Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP). This committee raised millions of dollars and a lot of it was from illegal sources.
However, the worst thing he did was have a surveillance team bug the offices of the Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate Complex in Washington, D. C. When the surveillance team was caught and arrested, Nixon tried to cover it up. He told the CIA to misinform the FBI by telling them that an investigation would compromise national security. He paid hush money to the people who were caught. As details of the scandal emerged, a Congressional committee was formed to investigate. What they found was very damaging. John Mitchell, Nixon’s former attorney general, was linked to the illegal activities. John Dean linked Nixon to attempts to cover up the illegal surveillance. The Senate found out that Nixon had recorded every conversation in the Oval Office. Nixon refused to turn over the tapes, citing executive privilege. His own lawyers discovered a conversation that implicated Nixon in the conspiracy.
The House Judiciary Committee voted three articles of impeachment against Nixon. Because he realized that no one believed in him and because he knew what evidence they had, he resigned as president before the impeachment trial could commence.
The people of the United States elected Richard Nixon. When he was sworn in as president, he took an oath: “I do solemnly swear (or...