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The Watergate Scandal: The Affair That Brought President Nixon’s Administration to Its Knees

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In a letter sent to Bishop Mandell Creighton on April 5, 1887, Lord Acton famously quipped the following: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”

Populated with more Hitlers and Stalins than you can imagine, the twentieth century proved Lord Acton’s concerns more than just reasonable—it proved them right. During the 1970s, Acton’s prophetic words echoed all around the leading democratic country in the world as well, the USA.

Demonstrating the extent to which power can be abused, the Watergate scandal changed American politics forever, leading to a still-felt surge of distrust toward the government and the presidential position.

And this is how it unfolded.

Watergate Scandal Summary

June–November 1972: Something Is Rotten in the State of America

A casual investigation by two young “Washington Post” reporters into a “third-rate burglary” at the Watergate Complex reveals foul play going all the way up to the highest echelons of the government.

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