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Watergate Essay

602 words - 3 pages

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”
-President Richard Nixon
1969 was the beginning of scandal, deceit and lies amongst the government and the people of the 70’s. January 20th 1969, Richard Nixon became the 37th president of the United States of America. He conquered the election over Hubert Humphrey which is one of the closest elections none in American History. When he took office, he also took over the 22yr long lasting Vietnam War. When Nixon took office he made it clear the United States would continue their activeness in the war to end the battle between the U.S and Vietnam and to secure the ‘Peace with Honor.”
On June 17th, 1972 in Washington, D.C five men (Donald L. Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio R. Martinez, James W. ...view middle of the document...

Frank Willis was the security officer on duty that night at the Watergate Hotel found the taped door and called the police. When the authorities arrived they searched the building vigorously until they stumbled upon the eighth floor where there was a light on. There five men surrendered carrying bugging devices, cameras, tools and film. The seven men were arrested and charged with breaking-in. With the two White House employees involved that meant other “WH” staff would have to intervene. Within hours of the break-in representatives from the Nixon administration, including John Ehrlichman Chief Counselor for Domestic Affairs and H.R. Haldeman Nixon's Chief of Staff were meeting to form damage control plans.
Even though the seven men were indicted in 1972 the people still wondered were they the only ones involved. Summer of 1973 the “people” began to questions others involvement more and the prior testimonies and documents found by the Ervin committee corroborating there had been a connection with the White House campaign aides and maybe even the president was involved with covering up the Watergate break-in. There had been a trail of money issued into the account of the burgalars after their arrest. All the monies were turned into checks out of a Mexican Bank and issued amongst those involved as “hush money.”
On January 27th, 1973 the United States, North and South Vietnam all signed the final peace treaty in Paris. This agreement would state that all parties would commence a cease-fire action to take place within 24 hours after the signing of the agreement. U.S. Army and all other foreign soldiers would bailout from South Vietnam within 60 days after the signed agreement. American prisoners would be discharged all at once with the withdrawal of American and foreign armies. ; and a National Council of National Reconciliation and Concord would be created to organize and oversee free and democratic elections to determine the political future of the South

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