Watergate Scandal

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"The Watergate Complex is a series of modern buildings with balconies that looks like filed down Shark's Teeth" (Gold, 1). Located on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. it contains many hotel rooms and offices. What happened in the complex on June 17, 1972 early in the morning became a very historical event for our nation that no one will ever forget.

The "Watergate Scandal and constitutional crisis that began on June 17, 1972 with the arrest of five burglars who broke into the Democratic National Committee (DMC) headquarters at the Watergate office building in Washington D.C. It ended with the registration of President Richard M. Nixon on August 9, 1974. (Watergate)

At approximately 2:30 in the morning of June 17, 1972 five men
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(Hearings 02)

For the first time in this intriguing scandal the president himself had been accused. This was the greatest blow the Nixon White House had sustained. "polls showed that 70 percent of TV viewers believed Deans version of the event" (Westerfled, 43). But who was to be believed? It was John Deans Word against Richard Nixon's. (Gold 669-670; Westerfled, 43)

The committee then made a shocking discovery, only a few weeks after Deans testimony. As the committee was managing a routine aid, they asked him how the White House administration came up with their version of what happened in the meeting s of Dena and Nixon. His response was that the meetings had probably been recorded on tape. (Westerfled 43)

Alexander Butterflied explained that the White House had been equipped with a recording system. They were installed in his two offices, the Oval Room "The taping device was spring load to a voice actuation situation." (Gold 436)

In Alexander Butterfields testimony he said that the recording system was installed to help preserve all documents. The only people who knew of these recording devices were the president, Haledman, Kigbe, Butterfield, and the secret service people. (Gold 434-442)

Now the committee had stumbled across exactly what they were looking for, a way to prove the presidents innocence of guilt. The tapes of the meeting s between Dean and Nixon were lying some


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