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Transcript of Watergate
By Sophie Schmidt
This is the Watergate Hotel, where it all started.
Why is the Watergate Scandal important?
After the Vietnam War, the Watergate Scandal was the icing on the cake when it came out. It finished off what little faith in the government America had left and established trust in the media. The scandal brought down an administration and changed the way political leaders were viewed there after.
Criminals Involved in the Scandal
President Richard M. Nixon
H. R.(Bob) Haldeman
ex- FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy
ex- CIA officer Howard Hunt
From left:James McCord, Virgilio Gonzalez, Frank Sturgis, Eugenio Martinez, Bernard Barker
Vice President Spiro Agnew
Carl Bernstein(left) and Bob Woodward
Washington Post journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, kept America up to date on the scandal with their articles. They had a source who was referred to as "Deep Throat". Walter Cronkite also did a released two stories recounting the events of Watergate.
On June 16,1972, in room 214 of the Watergate Hotel, Howard Hunt, Gordon Liddy, Eugenio Martinez, Virgilio Gonzalez, Bernard Barker, James McCord, and Frank Sturgis met to dicuss the details of breaking into the Democratic National Committee's offices on the 6th floor. Liddy and Hunt would stay in the room connected via wireless radio, and the other 5 would find information.They were hired by President Nixon's administration to gather information to help him win the election later that year. The plan was executed the following day but they were caught in the act by a security guard. Hunt and Liddy fled the room before the could be arrested though.
Important Events Throughout the Scandal
Feb. 1973, White House is connected to attempted robbery
Apr. 1973, Haldeman and Ehrlichman are related to crime and resign; Nixon addresses country; Washington Post connects break-in to cover-up
Jul. 1973, Nixon's presidential tapes are investigated
Aug. 1973, Nixon's 2nd national address
Oct. 1973, the "Saturday Night Massacre"
Nov. 1973, missing 18 1/2 minutes in one tape discovered
Dec. 1973, Spiro Agnew resigns; Gerald R. Ford takes his place
Feb. 1974, Congress gives Judiciary Committee permission to investigate Nixon's impeachment
Apr. 1974, Nixon addresses the nation for the 3rd time
Aug. 1974, Nixon resigns before impending impeachment; Ford steps into office
Questions, Comments, Concerns?
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