The Watergate Scandal

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What were the Watergate burglars looking for?  

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The burglars, late known collectively as CREEP (Committee to Reelect the President), broke into the Democrat offices at Watergate to wiretap the offices and look for top secret documents. It doesn't appear that they were looking for anything in particular. They just wanted something that could give them an advantage over their opponents during the forthcoming election campaign. It is worth remembering in that particular election, the country had been deeply divided by the war in Vietnam and Nixon was in means guaranteed of a second term.

Nixon was eventually reelected in a landslide victory, but his campaign was marred by accusations of foul play. A month after the burglars had entered Watergate they...

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