It was the biggest political scandal and constitutional crisis in america, that led to the resignation of president richard nixon it involved 5 burglars, all linked to the nixon administration, breaking into the watergate complex, washington dc, which was the head office of the democratic national committee. How watergate scandal created a constitutional crisis nixon did 3 articles of impeachment (obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of congress), from lying about being involved, forcing others to fire others, and refusing to release his tapes. In political science, a constitutional crisis is a problem or conflict in the function of a government that the political constitution or other fundamental governing law is perceived to be unable to resolve. Saturday will mark 40 years since the only presidential resignation in us history, when richard nixon stepped down rather than face impeachment for his role in watergate and other abuses of power.
After nixon's administration shake-up speech on the evening of april 30, 1973, in which he addressed the issue of watergate for the first time, he spoke with his top political advisor, hr haldeman. The watergate case shocked the united states and caused a constitutional crisis in american political history, watergate represents a deliberate subversion of the democratic values through criminal acts run by nixon and his administration. Nixon used his power under the 25th amendment to the us constitution to appoint ford as his new vice president the well-liked and respected ford was easily confirmed by congress and took office.
Before the summer of 1972, the word watergate meant nothing more than an office and luxurious apartment complex in washington, dc as a result of a third-rate burglary on june 17 of that year, it came to be associated with the greatest political scandal of that century and would change the lives of the many people involved — especially president richard m nixon. Watergate scandal victoria daniele constitutional history may 19, 2013 the watergate scandal involved a number of illegal activities that were designed to help president richard nixon win re-election. Initially dismissed by the white house as a as the scandal progressed, many nixon administration officials linked to the break-in and cover-up were convicted of charges relating to watergate. The evidence against president nixon is enough to show that he did know that money from his re-election campaign funded the watergate burglaries (see 2:30 amjune 17, 1972), and he did know of campaign official e howard hunt's participation in the burglary of a psychiatrist's office to find damaging information against a political enemy. The watergate scandal was a political scandal that occurred in the united states in the 1970s as a result of the june 1972 break-in at the democratic national committee headquarters at the watergate office complex in washington, dc, and the nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement.
The scandal led to the discovery of multiple abuses of power by the nixon administration, articles of impeachment, and the resignation of nixon as president of the united states on august 9, 1974. The watergate office complex — site of the infamous 1972 break-in that led to the first presidential resignation in american history-- is still in use in washington, dc in the heated climate of the late 1960s and early 1970s, president nixon believed strongly that a war was being fought between. The watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the united states in the 1970s as a result of the june 17, 1972, break-in at the democratic national committee (dnc) headquarters at the watergate office complex in washington, dc, and the nixon administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement. President richard m nixon, as seen in watergate, the new documentary from charles ferguson blossomed into a constitutional crisis office and members of the nixon administration.
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