Presentation on theme: "Nixon & Agnew 1972. Behind the scenes Nixon administration pursued political enemies with Legal means Illegal means “dirty tricks” campaign against."— Presentation transcript:
Behind the scenes Nixon administration pursued political enemies with Legal means Illegal means “dirty tricks” campaign against Vietnam war opponents Break-in at Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist office (Pentagon papers case)
The Plumbers Nickname for secret White House/CREEP group paid from “slush fund” May 1972: bugged Democratic Campaign headquarters.
1972-06-12 Arrests at the Watergate Arrested for breakin at Watergate Hotel headquarters of Democratic Party James McCord Frank Sturgis Eugenio R. Martinez Virgilio R. Gonzales Bernard L. Barker
6 Convictions James McCord G. Gordon Liddy RNC security Link b/t Nixon & Burglars 4 other burglars also convicted
Nixon Aids: Doing Time E Howard Hunt Charles Colson The “evil genius”
More Convictions! John Ehrlichman: domestic advisor HR Haldeman: Chief of staff
Whoa! John Mitchell: Nixon law partner, Atty General, campaign director John Dean: WH legal counsel
1973-10-10 Agnew Resigned Corruption in State of Maryland Separate Scandal From Watergate Replaced by Mich. Senator Gerald Ford (under provisions of the new 25 th amendment)
Ongoing Court & Congressional Inquiry 1973-4 Pivotal Event: Supreme Court orders Nixon to hand over audio tapes of Oval Office meetings Tapes reveal widespread conspiracy & coverup in WH
Nixon Resigns 1974-08-09 To my disgust, Pres. Ford pardoned him
Watergate Exposed dangers of Presidential ambition and abuse of power Nixon eventually forced out Democrats control Congress 1976 Legal reforms Campaign finance reform Special Prosecutor Law CIA & Domestic Spying Reform
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