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Mon Jun 17, 2024, 09:02 PM Jun 17

And lest we forget, 52 years ago today...... [View all]

A security guard at a posh Washington office complex found a piece of tape on a door lock, leading to the discovery of a burglary that would rock the nation:

From Wikipedia:
Watergate scandal

The Watergate scandal was a major political controversy in the United States during the presidency of Richard Nixon from 1972 to 1974, ultimately resulting in Nixon's resignation. It originated from attempts by the Nixon administration to conceal its involvement in the June 17, 1972, break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters located in the Watergate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Following the apprehension of the five individuals involved in the break-in, both the press and the Department of Justice connected the funds found on those involved to the CRP (the fundraising organization of Richard Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign). ] Subsequent investigations and revelations during trials prompted the U.S. House of Representatives to grant the House Judiciary Committee expanded investigative authority. Additionally, the Senate established the U.S. Senate Watergate Committee, which conducted hearings.

Witnesses testified that Nixon had sanctioned plans to cover up his administration's involvement in the burglary and that there was a voice-activated taping system in the Oval Office. Nixon's administration resisted the investigations, leading to a constitutional crisis. The televised Senate Watergate hearings garnered nationwide attention and public interest.

The Watergate scandal resulted in 69 indictments and 48 convictions, involving several high-ranking officials from the Nixon administration. The term "Watergate" has since become synonymous with various clandestine and illicit activities conducted by Nixon's aides, including the bugging of political opponents' offices, unauthorized investigations, and the misuse of government agencies for political purposes. The addition of "-gate" to a term has since been used to denote public scandals, particularly in politics.

And all this was a precursor to the GOPee disasters in government that have bedeviled this country in the following years--Reagan, Bush I & II, Gingrich, tRump.... I paraphrase the great Senator Sam Ervin, who chaired the Senate Watergate investigation, and said "I used to think the Civil War was the greatest tragedy in American history; now I think Watergate is the greatest tragedy."
Senator Ervin, you weren't really wrong, because it spawned the greatest tragedy--Donald John tRumpf.

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