Nixon Resigns 1974

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Nixon Resigns 1974

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During Nixon’s presidency, he was involved in stealing items from the other political party to get an advantage. This incident was known as the Watergate scandal. Nixon formed this to happen because he was worried he wouldn’t be re-elected. He had to do something, because of his involvement with the Vietnam war, the U.S was divided amongst the people. Many people were against the war, therefore against Nixon as president.

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Nixon had burglars go into the Democratic National committee (DNC) to steal Republican documents and wiretap phones. Nixon took cautions to try to cover up the Watergate espionage, to keep the FBI from investigating by raising “Hush Money” for the burglars. It didn’t stop the FBI. In August 1974, after his role in the Watergate conspiracy had finally come to light, the president resigned. His successor, Gerald Ford, immediately pardoned Nixon for all the crimes he “committed or may have committed” while in office.

Although Nixon was never prosecuted, the Watergate scandal changed American politics forever, leading many Americans to question their leadership and think more critically about U.S. presidency.