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How does the Watergate, Iran-contra, and Clinton impeachment scandals compare?

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I think that you will find variance on the answer to this question.  In my mind, I think that each possessed a rather disturbing side to the modern conception of the President's office.  Each one features an example of the President or members of his candidate acting outside the boundaries or norms of the office.  I would say that the most dangerous would have been Watergate because it put forth the fundamental questions that would guide the other two investigations:  What did the President know? When did he know it?  These two issues first arose in Watergate and became the guiding questions that Reagan and Clinton had to answer.  I think that Iran- Contra has received some of a pass over time because of the overall Regan Presidency, which has been perceived as a mostly positive experience.  The Clinton scandal was one that ended up being more tabloid and while its symbolic scar on the president's office was present, it was not as nearly as Constitutionally challenging as...

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