#TBT: Nixon's Watergate Scandal

An anonymous whistleblower. A president accused of undermining the democratic electoral process. That wasn't this week — it was in 1972 during the Watergate scandal.

Watergate added further disappointment to a national climate already tainted by the difficulties and losses of the previous decade.

From 1972 to 1974, the Watergate scandal became one of the most consequential moments in American political history. President Richard Nixon and his administration were accused of a break in, in an attempt to spy on his Democratic rival, George McGovern. Public opinion soon began to turn on the president. In 1974, the tapes from the Oval Office taken only days after the break-in only confirmed the involvement of the Nixon Administration. His abuse of presidential power had a long-lasting effect on American political life, creating an atmosphere of skepticism and distrust.

Journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were approached by a whistleblower — an anonymous informant high in Nixon’s bureaucracy. They deserve a great deal of the credit for uncovering the details of the Watergate scandal. Their reporting won them a Pulitzer Prize and was the basis for their best-selling book “All the President’s Men.” Much of their information came from an anonymous whistleblower they called Deep Throat, who in 2005 was revealed to be W. Mark Felt, a former associate director of the FBI. On August 5th, Nixon released the tapes, which provided undeniable evidence of his complicity in the Watergate crimes.

Facing impeachment, Nixon resigned after 2 years of investigation and left office the following day — but maintained his innocence, but while 48 of his officials were found guilty of involvement in the Watergate break-in and cover up, Nixon maintained his innocence until his death. Six weeks later, after Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as president, he pardoned Nixon for any crimes he had committed while in office. Some of Nixon’s aides were not as lucky: They were convicted of very severe offenses and sent to federal prison. While many Americans had been deeply demoralized by the outcome of the Vietnam War, and saddened by the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and other leaders.


09/26/2019 11:57 AM
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  • Somchan S.
    09/26/2019 12:02


  • Joe C.
    09/26/2019 12:07

    Nixon was a president who became criminal while EL trumpo is a criminal who became president

  • Norma D.
    09/26/2019 12:08

    Deja vu all over again nixon and now trump

  • Gail M.
    09/26/2019 12:19

    We know how this one ended. I remember being in the audience of a performance of Moon Children in Boston, they halted the show and announced that Nixon had just resigned and the audience went nuts!! Standing ovation as I recall.

  • Lenny M.
    09/26/2019 12:19

    I never even liked Richard Nixon.

  • Brut
    09/26/2019 14:15

    Then-Gov. Ronald Reagan and President Richard Nixon’s true colors have been revealed in this newly released 1971 phone call.

  • Shirley C.
    09/26/2019 14:18

    drumpf ants to be like nixon

  • Jeff M.
    09/26/2019 14:27

    Yeah, exactly the same situation. You just keep telling yourself that. LOL

  • Antaine Ó.
    09/26/2019 14:33

    If you done nothing wrong you've nothing to hide 😂😂

  • Abraham Y.
    09/26/2019 15:27

    Nixon's case is different. If the Constitution is interpreted in this case, no crime or misdemeanor has been committed. Money was withheld long before whistle blower's report and it's not linked to Biden's son's scandal. Everything is open and calling for information on Biden's son's money laundering activities in Ukraine is not a crime or misdemeanor. It's the duty of the POTUS once brought to his attention. Impeachment will prove that Democrats are fools. Any fool will know that Whistle blower has exposed Biden, and not Trump. There's nothing wrong in asking Zelensky about the corrupt and immoral dealings of Biden's son in Ukraine. He got the post itself using his father's position as vice- president. Later Biden himself intervened to help his son earn millions of dollars. Even one Ukrainian officer was fired on the request of Biden. This scandal appeared in the Uranian media at the time. Trump as POTUS has the right to ask for more details from Zelensky. Didn't Bush contact John Major to gather details about drug, sexual and political activities of Clinton when he was a student in London? He was eager to find out whether Clinton took part in anti-Vietnam protests. Didn't Hillary team send to Moscow a retired British spy Steele to produce a fake, dirty dossier about Trump? There's nothing to hide. Biden's son's Ukrainian days had appeared in Ukrainian media. American people are now knowing about this after the whistle blower episode.

  • Steve P.
    09/26/2019 19:28

    "Whistle Blower" must be the flavor of the week for Democrats! ... Democrats defeat will be Historically Epic in 2020 and they will have no one to blame but themselves!

  • Jack T.
    09/27/2019 13:22

    This was about spying you know, what the Democrats under Obama, Hillary and the rest of the rest of the cast of idiot's did to try and win the election.

  • Shirley G.
    09/27/2019 17:48

    and if you rely get down to it even thro tht say nixon was guilty i will bet anything the democratswere behind it nd they re now with trump

  • Ranga P.
    09/27/2019 18:11

    So Nixon was a Republican? That got to be just a coincidence.... Or is it?

  • Linda T.
    09/27/2019 19:14

    It's time for Republicans to step up and stop protecting Trump. Call your representative demand your rep vote to impeach!

  • Buddy K.
    09/27/2019 19:26

    Trump next

  • Henry R.
    09/27/2019 21:57

    Trump 2020. Democrats needs to be investigated, most especially Nancy Pelosi and her Whistleblowers.🖕🏿

  • Ben T.
    09/27/2019 22:53

    Read the transcript there's nothing there.

  • Didine D.
    09/27/2019 23:01

    What a liar was that Nixon!!

  • Sharon H.
    09/28/2019 00:35

    History repeating itself. Nixon had the decency to resign.