Nixon’s resignation was such a serious blow for South Vietnamese government who had already endured a 50% aid reduction due to the increasing political difficulties in the U. Introduction Watergate was the name of the biggest political scandal in United States history.
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.
Although those revelations could not prevent Nixon from being re-elected with a landslide victory in November 1972, a political storm was brewing up..
The most notable coverage came from two young Washington Post Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, together with their secret informant Deep Throat, suggesting that the break-in and subsequent attempts to cover it up had a close connection with the Justice Department, the CIA, the FBI and even the White House. Following some of Nixon’s aides testimony including former White House Counsel John Dean’s, it emerged that Nixon had secretly taped every conversation that took place in the Oval Office.
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. There were about 40 people charged with crimes in the scandal and related crimes.
The shocking disclosure sparked a quest for the tapes by both the Senate Watergate Committee and Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox Nixon, however, refused to hand over the tapes, claiming it was president’s “executive privilege” to keep them to himself.
When Cox insisted on demanding the tapes, Nixon ordered to have Cox removed, leading to a flurry of high-profile Justice Department resignations in protest over the weekend, which was notoriously known as the Saturday Night Massacre.
He was succeeded by Gerald Ford who would later pardon Nixon for all the crimes he “committed or may have committed” while in office.
The Watergate scandal rocked the States and changed its politics forever.