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How did the Watergate scandal affect America?

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The Watergate scandal of 1972 is said to have made a number of Americans lose their faith in the government and in the leadership of their country, due to the realization they had been lied to through media. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, two Washington Post journalists, revealed that former U.S. President Richard Nixon's re-election committee had laundered money for the scandal and that the executive administration was corrupt.

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When five burglars were caught red-handed trying to break into the Watergate building on June 17, 1972 to steal top-secret documents and tap into office phone lines, Nixon assured the public that he had not been involved in the break-in. At the time, America was still recovering from the repercussions of the Vietnam War, and despite the perceived difficulty of running an election campaign at the time, Nixon was reelected in a landslide victory.

However, over time, it was revealed that Nixon helped provide the burglars thousands of dollars in exchange for obtained information from the Watergate building. In addition, him and his team sought to obstruct the judicial system in charge of serving justice for the crimes. In early 1974 the lies were revealed, and on August 8, Nixon resigned from office.

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