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Top Ten Political Scandals

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Watergate

The biggest political scandal in U.S. history, the Watergate saga began with a 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee's Washington D.C. headquarters. The FBI discovered the burglars' ties to then-President Richard Nixon's re-election fundraising group, and the Senate Watergate Committee began investigating Nixon's role. During the Committee's hearings, it was revealed that the President's office tape-recording system may have recorded conversations implicating him in the break-in. The Supreme Court ruled that Nixon had to turn over the tapes; he resigned on August 9, 1974, with the threat of impeachment looming. [More]

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