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testified that the President was involved in the cover-up and also admitted his own involvement. He served a term of September 1974 to January 1975 (Grolier 1). G. Gorden Liddy was recruited for the White House staff by Attorney General John Mitchell. For Liddy’s involvement in the Watergate burglary at the Democratic Headquarters and the break-in at Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office, he received a twenty years prison sentence. On April 12, 1977, President Carter changed Liddy’s sentence from twenty to eight years (Taylor 6). These are just a few examples of the more than 30 Nixon officials that admitted their quilt or were found guilty of illegal acts. Watergate gives us good material to look at for analyzing the different arms of the government. Congressional committees

,senate and judiciary, have complete independence and great power. The Senate Watergate committees were crucial in getting the resignation of Nixon, while the recommendation by the Judiciary committee to try to impeach the president was carried in votes by both the Republican and Democratic members (Farnsworth 6). The power of the Supreme Court over the Executive branch was shown with the ruling that Nixon must turn over the tapes of the Oval Office (Farnsworth 7). The separation of powers means that no member of any of the three different parts of the government may belong or be a member of another (Farnsworth 7). As a good example of the checks and balances, while the president is the head of the government he cannot control the legislature. While the president has to appoint

the Judicial arm of the government, they have to be approved by the Senate. The president serves a four year term and can only be removed from office by mpeachment. The Senate is the only part of the government that can impeach the president, but the impeachment process must start in the Mouse of Representatives (Farnsworth 7). Different branches of goverment have separate responsibilities. The president is on a fixed term and he is accountable to the House of Representatives, the part of the government that most reflects the current opinion of the nation. The Senate where each state has two senators regardless of population, is the only part that can remove the president (Farnsworth 8). Although the tapes played a major part in obtaining President Nixon’s resignation, legal

actions taken by the President managed to keep all but the forty hours of tapes from being released before his death twenty years later (Secret 1974 1). It is now some twenty five years after the beginning of Watergate, and the Nixon tapes are still making the news. In a recent court battle, the Nixon family lost their fight to keep the remaining tapes sealed. The National Archives have just released some two hundred hours of tapes, one which has President Nixon telling his chief of staff H.R. Haldeman to break into the Brookings Institution to remove documents concerning the Vietnam War. The publisher of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg and former Pentagon analyst, had several colleagues that worked at the Brooking Institution. Although there was never any record of a

break-in at the Brookings institution, all of this is just one more piece of evidence of the many illegal acts that accompanied the Watergate scandal, and was thought of or performed by the Nixon Administration(Mercury I). end of paper Works Cited Farnsworth , Malcolm. Watergate. Online. www.gzone.com. 1997. ?Iran-contra affair.” Infopedia. 1994, CD-ROM. Funk and Wagnalis. Kinsella, Michael. Rembering Richard Nixon and Watergate.Online, www. members.gnn. NARA. Nixon Presidential Materials Available for Research.Online. gopher.nara.gov. National Archives and Records Admin. Nixon and Watergate. Online. www.nara.gov. “Nixon ordered think-tank break-in.” Mercury Center. Online. http://cgi.jsmercury.com/news/national/docs/002421.htm. “The Secret History of the United States

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