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Watergate Essay, Research Paper Watergate: by Randall D. Hutton English 112 English Composition II Dr. John Keeney February 26,1997 end coverpage Outline Thesis statement: Watergate could possibly be the worst scandal in the history of the United States. 1. Richard Nixon. A. Family. B. Political. II. Latest scandals. A. Iran Contra affair. B. Whitewater affair. Ill. Watergate. A. Burglary. B. Plumbers. C. John F.Kennedy IV. Investigation. A. Reporters. B. Special prosecutors. C. Senate hearings. D. Fight for tapes. V. National Archives and Records Administration. A. Material available for research. B. Special Files Unit. end page outline1 Outline VI. Outcome. A. Sentences. B. Constitutional. VII. Conclusion. end outline page 2 Watergate Political scandals are not strangers to

the United States. They date back as far as 1830, with the presidential sex scandal and Thomas Jefferson, and in 1875 with the Whiskey Ring and President Ulysses S. Grant (Time and Again 1). Today we have the Iran-Contra affair with Ronald Reagan and Whitewater with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Even with these, it can be argued that Watergate could possibly be the worst scandal in the history of the United States. Richard Milihous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, and the only President to ever resign his office. He was born the second of five sons, in Yorba Linda, California. His parents were Francis Anthony and Hannah Milhous Nixon. His career started in 1945 when he accepted the candidacy for a seat in the 12th congressional district which he won. He was elected

to United States Congress in 1946, he then entered into the Senate as the youngest member ever in 1951. Only a short two years later he became the second youngest vice-president in history at the age of thirty nine. He served two terms as vice President under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1969 he won his bid for the Presidency(Kinsella 3). The Iran-contra affair was more of a U.S. foreign policy affair. This scandal came about in November of 1986 when President Ronald Reagan admitted to the selling of arms to Iran. The overall goal was to improve relations with Iran, but it soon came to light that it was more of a trade of arms for hostages deal. Later it was found that some of the profits from the sale of the arms to Iran went to the Nicaraguan “contra” rebels. On

Dec.24, 1992, President George Bush pardoned all the people involved with the scandal and no charges were filed against Ronald Reagan (Iran-contra 1). The latest of all scandals is the Whitewater affair. The Whitewater affair is an ongoing investigation into a bad Arkansas real-estate adventure in the late 1970, and its connection with the now defunct Arkansas savings and loan company, and with President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. The Whitewater development company started in 1979 and had the investors Bill Clinton, the Governor of Arkansas, his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton, a attorney for the Rose law firm, James B. McDougal the owner of the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan. The group purchased some land which later turned out to be a bad venture. Sometime later the

savings and loan went bankrupt at a cost of sixty million dollars to the taxpayers. There was allegations of the diversion of funds from Whitewater through the Madison Saving and Loan to cover some of the campaign debts of the Clinton’s. There were also allegations of whether the Clinton’s gained income-tax benefits from the failure of Whitewater that they were not entitled to. To date no charges have been filed against President Clinton or his wife Hillary (Whitewater 1). The whole Watergate scandal, brought about charges of political bribery, burglary, extortion, wiretapping, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, tax fraud, and illegal use of the CIA and the FBI, campaign contributions and taxpayers money for private matters. In all, more than 30