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24.2 "Watergate: Nixon's Downfall"
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President Nixon's involvement in what scandal forced him to resign from office?
What was significant about Nixon's resignation?
It was the first by a U.S. president
What three major events in recent American history allowed the executive branch to become the most powerful branch of government by the time Nixon took office?
Great Depression, WW2, and the Cold War
How did Nixon expand the power of the presidency with little thought to constitutional checks?
Impounded funds for federal programs that he opposed, or when he ordered troops to invade Cambodia without congressional approval
As he distanced himself from Congress, Nixon confided in a small and fiercely loyal group of advisers (aka The President's Men)that included...
1. H. R. Haldeman, White House chief of staff
2. John Ehrlichman, chief domestic adviser;
3. JohnMitchell, Nixon's former attorney general
4. John Dean, counsel to the president
How did "the President's Men" help direct White House policy?
1. They shared Nixon's desire for secrecy and the consolidation of power
2. They developed a sense that they were somehow above the law
3. They covered up their role in Watergate, and fuel the coming scandal
During the Watergate break-in, what did the burglars plan to do?
Photograph documents outlining Democratic Party Strategy and to place wiretaps on the office telephone
Who was the leader of those who broke into Watergate?
James McCord, former CIA agent and current security coordinator for the Committee to Reelect Nixon (CRP)
How did Nixon and his circle of advisors attempt to cover up the Watergate break in?
1. Workers shredded all incriminating documents in Haldemans office
2. The White House, with President Nixon's content, asked the CIA to urge the FBI to stop its investigations into the burglary on the grounds of national security
3. The CRP passed out nearly $450,000 to the Watergate burglars to buy their silence after they were indicted in September of 1972
Who were the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal?
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
What finally aroused public interest in Watergate?
McCord's revelation of possible White House Involvement in the Burglary
What did Nixon do in response to the public's concern about Watergate?
1. He dismissed White House counsel John Dean
2. He announced the resignations of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and Richard Kleindienst
3. He went on television and denied any attempt at a cover up
4. He announced that he was appointing a new attorney general, Elliot Richardson, and was authorizing him to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate watergate
What bomb did John Dean drop when asked by the Senate "What did the president know and when did he know it?"
He answered that Nixon was heavily involved in the cover up of Watergate
What stunning revelation did presidential aide Alexander Butterfield make to the Senate, which helped the Senate figure out who was telling the truth about "who knew what when"?
He had taped virtually all of his presidential conversations
Who was nominated to replace Spiro Agnew as vice-president after he resigned for taking bribes from an engineering firm in Maryland?
Gerald R. Ford
What did the Supreme Court order regarding the "Nixon tapes"?
That Nixon must surrender the unedited tapes, rejecting his argument that doing so would violate national security. Evidence involving possible criminal activity could not be withheld, even by a president.
What famous line did Nixon defiantly proclaim at a press conference in the fall of 1973?
I am not a crook
What was Nixon charged with during his impeachment?
Obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and the contempt of Congress for refusing to obey a congressional subpoena to release the tapes
Upon becoming president, what was one of Gerald Ford's first acts?
he pardoned Nixon
What were the effects of Watergate?
1. Along with the divisive war in Vietnam, Watergate produced a deep disillusionment with the "imperial" presidency
2. In the years following Vietnam and Watergate, the American public and the media developed a general cynicism about public officials that stills exists today
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