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for April 25, 2017
Flanigan's U.S. History Moment to Remember
Political and non-political cover-up scandals, like Contragate, Emailgate, Deflategate, and Spygate, are regularly ended with the suffix “-gate”. What was the original “-gate” term that named the political scandal involving President Nixon and his administration in the early 1970s?
During this week in 1974, the Watergate scandal was top-of-mind. More than 10,000 protesters marched in Washington, DC calling for impeachment of President Nixon. Two days later, Nixon released edited transcripts of White House recordings about Watergate. But, that didn’t satisfy investigators. Eventually, the Supreme Court had to step-in and force the President to release all Watergate evidence - including White House tape recordings of himself and his staff discussing Watergate. That led to President Nixon resigning in August of 1974 to avoid being impeached.
Why does this matter today?
Watergate was an election intrusion, including phone wiretaps and secretive investigations of opponents, planned and executed by Nixon and his Republican Party to ensure victory over the George McGovern and his Democratic Party for the 1972 Presidential election. Does “Russiagate” sound familiar? Some are claiming and now investigating the 2016 Presidential election for potential tampering by the Republican Party.
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