The Watergate Scandal

Mickey Letourneau
Mind Map by Mickey Letourneau, updated more than 1 year ago
Mickey Letourneau
Created by Mickey Letourneau almost 3 years ago


American Studies Mind Map on The Watergate Scandal, created by Mickey Letourneau on 11/01/2017.

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The Watergate Scandal
1 Who?
1.1 President Richard Nixon
1.1.1 The burglars which included Bernard Baker, Virgilio Gonzalez, Eugenio Martinez, Frank Sturgis, and James W McCord Jr "The plumbers" who were to prevent any leaks of information to leave the others who were involved The team included John Erlichman,E. Howard Hunt, and John Paisley.
1.1.2 Committee to Re-Elect the President (CRP) Dozens of other White House staff members
2 Where?
2.1 The Watergate Hotel
3 What were the consequences?
3.1 The scandal led to investigation headed by the CIA, FBI, and the IRS
3.1.1 There was evidence found in the Oval Office of recorded conversations that the President had taped with out the knowledge of those who were recorded. The American citizens were encouraging Congress to impeach the President. Nixon had committed crimes against basic constitutional rights He also lied and was not willing to cooperate with the investigation by withholding evidence and trying to fire government employees who were part of the investigation.
4 When?
4.1 June 17, 1972
5 Why was the President involved in the scandal?
5.1 President Nixon was paranoid that the other party was going to win over his re-election come November.
5.1.1 So he hired a team of five to wire-tap the phone lines of his Democratic opponents campaign office within the Watergate Hotel. He was looking for any embarrassing or privileged information that he could find that would act as his 'hole in one' for winning re-election.
6 How were the burglars hired?
6.1 Nixon hired the men, who were a mix of retired CIA agents and military operatives.
6.1.1 The President paid the burglars with cash and his campaign committee also created a slush fund account for them. A slush fund is a reserve of money that's used for illicit purposes, including political bribery.
7 Why was this important?
7.1 For the first time in american history, the President became a figure synonymous for untrustworthy.
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